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A Night of Art in Worcester B Corlyn Voorhees

oth art-lovers and charitable contributors can unite at Mechanic’s Hall Friday, May 13 for “Art in the City,” a fundraiser to benefit the Family Health Center of Worcester, to appreciate and buy original works of art while giving back to the community.

their community.” The event has blossomed since taking place in the lobby of the health center with under 100 attendees and about 25 pieces of artwork for sale. Now three times the

Frances Anthes, the president and CEO of Family Health Center of Worcester, knows firsthand how the center helps the community. “I actually started out as a patient of the health center,” she said, which provides medical, dental and mental health care to more than 33,000 low-income patients from around Central Mass. Anthes became employed at the center and eventually rose to CEO, a position she has held for 19 years. Art in the City started 18 years ago, Anthes said, mainly for two reasons: to liven up the center and help raise money to help their patients. “First was we had a brand-new health center with lots of empty walls,” she said. “We commissioned an artist who lived in the neighborhood to go out and put pictures he took of flowers in the neighborhood on our walls. That was where we started as a fundraising part of that. We asked local artists to contribute there art, and with the auction, we raise funds and it goes toward purchasing art. We want the health center to be a place [patients] feel good about coming to, where they can see reflected on the walls the kind of healthy community [that] includes a focus on the art and on the person in the context of

Bayda Asbridge works on a Chinese brush painting in her home studio.

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size, Anthes estimates about 300-400 people attend the annual event, as well as 75 pieces of artwork sold in a variety of mediums. “We have people who do watercolor, acrylics, jewelry and sculpture, and [we] reach out to people with a variety of different strengths in different mediums,” Anthes said. “We allow artists to pick what they feel is appropriate [to donate]. Often, they pick something related to the theme of health, or we might have something that reflects our neighborhood.” When she chooses what to donate, artist

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Bayda Asbridge said, “I look at what I have and what I did this year, what was my passion. I submit something suitable, not something very large and can be expensive, but not something very little with little monetary value. Somewhere between $100-300.” Asbridge has an extensive resume of experience with different art forms – from Chinese brush painting to print making to sculpting – and likes to use her art to help others. As an immigrant from Syria, she works with refugees traumatized by war as an interpreter at UMass Memorial Medical Center,


and knows how much they need help. “I see the level of distraught they go through,” she said. “I know they’re living from one day to the next. They’re alienated, they don’t speak the language … these people will bring people to buy art [and] help. I appreciate the Family Health Center [for thinking] of it. For artists, it’s great because it brings our name out.” Another contributing artist, bead weaver Robin Foley, is also the chair for the event, along with her husband, Jack. “Our daughter has an intellectual disability and started volunteering [at the center] in high school,” Foley said. “We don’t go there for medical treatments so we wouldn’t know about it other than Lindsay volunteers there. Now it’s like part of our extended family. She does all kinds of supportive job tasks, but everyone knows her. It’s a community. It’s this amazing, well-run community.” For the event, Foley makes sea glass beaded jewelry, which can take several months because of her full-time job. “I’m a bead weaving artist which means I use needle and thread, [and] all of my art has a piece of sea glass,” she said. “We have a beach house so the kids and I started collecting sea glass a while ago. I wanted to do something with it so I taught myself. “Very talented artists step up and donate their work,” she said. “There’s no reason to do it other than they care about the organization. There’s an art committee that judges the art; there’s a level, a stamp of quality. I think there are hidden surprises –artists who could sell their work in other places that donate their art to Art in the City.” Sculptor Michael Alfano is another artist contributing to the event, for which he has donated work since 2013. He got his start in sculpting after a soul-searching trip to Utah, where he decided he was going to be a sculptor – despite the fact that he had no experience in art and was working in the financial district in New York City. “It was something that really just connected with me,” he said, and despite his inexperience, his career took off. He made headlines across the nation when his sculpture, “Stand Up and Speak Out,” depicting a drunk-driving accident scene, was removed from outside of a Mineola, New York courthouse in the late ‘90s after a defense attorney sued. “I think art is an important medium of social change,” Alfano said. “It’s a way to speak.” And one way Alfano creates art for change is donating his work to help the center. “They really do some really wonderful work in the community to help support people in need and support the medical needs they have,” said Alfano. “It’s an important way to help the people who are in need in so many of the different aspects that they do, whether it’s a busing program or medical stuff.” continued on page 16

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Amanda Cote Ongoing to Dec. 28 2017, 5-7:30 p.m. 493 Boston Post Road, Marlborough Come see Amanda Cote perform. Free admission. Danielle Miraglia Friday, March 25, 8 p.m. Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham Danielle Miraglia was a 2015 Boston Music Award Nominee for Singer/ Songwriter of the Year. This Revere native is a well know blues singer. This concert is opened by Matt Borrello. Like Moths to Flames Saturday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. Upstairs at the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester Like Moths to Flames is a metal core band from Columbus, Ohio. The concert also features bands Ice Nine Kills, Make Them, and Light Up the Sky. The concert costs $15. Geller Jazz concert: A Tom Harrell Celebration Wednesday, March 30, 7:30-9 p.m. Traina center for the arts, Razzo Hall, Clark University 92 Downing St., Worcester Come celebrate Tom Harrell at Clark University. You might remember him from the Thanksgiving “Peanuts” production. It’s $10 for Clark students, $25 for the general public.

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Beechwood Inn, 363 Plantation St. We & Mrs. Jones play this special fundraiser for the Worcester Junior League. Enjoy a silent auction, wine pull, raffle prizes, cash bar and more. Red dress is encouraged. Buy tickets for $55 through jlwma.org. Sonata Arctica Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. Palladium Downstairs, 261 Main St., Worcester

Cassandre McKinley March 30, 12 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester Sonata Arctica is a heavy metal band that started in Kemi, Finland in 1995. The band is accompanied by Delain, another metal band, that has a female vocalist. Tickets start at $27.50.

A Brown Bag veteran, Cassandre McKinley has a vocal style that walks the line between jazz and soul — a voice that is commanding, vibrant and rich — with “chops” to spare. But, she’s no diva - though she’ll confidently and easily weave her way through The American Songbook and Soul Classics alike, singing with the maturity and wisdom of a veteran performer, she will stop to tell you a story – unwittingly disarming you like the “girl next door” she truly is. Questions for the Moon Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m. Brooks Concert Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester A multi-media song cycle, Questions for the Moon is a collaboration between Holy Cross composer Shirish Korde and historian Karen Turner. Inspired by stories of the many North Vietnamese women who answered Ho Chi Minh’s call in 1965 for youth volunteers to fight American forces, this music-theater work is a meditation on the boundaries crossed and the potent forces unleashed in wartime. Video projections for this production are specially designed by internationally renowned visual artist Raphael Shirley and are based on archival footage from Karen Turner’s documentary film, Hidden Warriors. Free to the public. Paint the Town Red Friday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.

Three Plus One: A Family of Pianists Saturday, April 2, 3-4:30 p.m. Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester, Great Hall, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn The Sedgwick family treats you to an afternoon of music. Dan, Eric and Debby play works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Granados. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, e-mail info@pakmusic.org. A Worcester Schubertiad Saturday, April 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church, Sanctuary , 90 Main St., Worcester This concert showcases the winners of the Art Song and Chamber Music Competition, along with other outstanding local artists. Tickets for adults are $30 in advance, $35 at the door, and tickets for seniors and children under the age of eight are $20. For more information, e-mail worcschubertiad@gmail.com or call 617-512-1882. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood Two Man Group Saturday, April 2, 8 p.m. Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance partners with Hanover Theatre for this hilarious show, featuring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Tickets start at $29. For more information, call 877-571-7469 Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Saturday, April 2, 3 p.m. College of the Holy Cross, Main reading room, Dinand Library 1 College St., Worcester. This performance is followed by a Q&A session. Soundtrack of Our Souls: Women’s Voices in Jewish Music Saturday, April 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m. Temple Emanuel Sinai, 661 Salisbury St., Worcester Come join us for a musical journey, exploring how we connect to and celebrate all that makes us Jewish deep in our souls. Featuring the music of American songwriters Debbie Friedman, Sue Horowitz, Beth Schafer,

Peri Smilow and Julie Silver and Israeli singers Chava Alberstein, Noa, Yehudit Ravitz and Naomi Shemer. For more information call 508-7551257, visit emanuelsinai.org. Assumption College Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert Sunday, April 3, 5 p.m. Kennedy Memorial Hall, Room 112, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester Performing a wide range of jazz styles and ballads by Herbie Hancock, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, as well as some original songs. Brit Floyd Space and Time Sunday, April 3, 7:30 p.m. Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Come see and listen to “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show.” Tickets are $38, $48 and $58. Limited VIP tickets are available for $150. For more information, call the box office at 877-571-7469 Four Orchestras Festival Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester’s A performance by the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, Worcester Youth Philharmonic, Burncoat & Shrewsbury High School orchestras and Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $25 in advance, $20 at the door. Mnozil Brass - Austrian Brass Quintet Thursday, April 7, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester This show comes from five graduates of the Vienna College of Music. Tickets are $49 for adults, $17.50 for students, and $7.50 for youths. Global Concert and Reception featuring Crocodile River Music Friday, April 8, 7-10 p.m. Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton The music of Mali, Brazil, Spain, and Trinidad, and the instruments and dances celebrating these cultures. Tickets are $35, and includes complimentary wine, beer, and light fare. For 21-plus audience. Albert Cummings Friday, April 8, 8-10 p.m. Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley

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If art isn’t your thing, Anthes noted that there are other ways to help the center at the event, including their “fund in need” packages. “We will offer an opportunity to bid on a dental visit for a patient who can’t afford it or a mammogram for someone who doesn’t have insurance or a bus pass for someone to get to their appointment,” she said. As an auctioneer announces the opportunity to buy these, participants can lift their paddles to buy one, or even several if they choose. “It’s a wonderful evening of refreshments and art and time with other folks in the community,” said Foley. “You’ll find hidden treasures you didn’t even know you wanted or needed, but also it’s a way to give back. Its way to take an evening to come and explore and learn about center in case you’ve never heard about it or visited, to see the folks who make it happen every year and hear the mission of a wonderful organization that truly benefits from the proceeds that come from this event. There [are] a lot of fundraisers – this one is an easy one to attend, it’s affordable and I think it’s surprising.” “Art in the City” takes place from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased individually for $40 or as part of a sponsorship package. For more information, visit ArtintheCity.org.

Bach: Father and Son Saturday, April 9, 2016 7:30-9:30 p.m. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester Come and hear J. S. Bach’s rarely performed Missa Brevis in G and compare to another rarely heard piece, the Magnificat by his son, C. P. E. Bach. $25 adults, $20 seniors, $10 students (available at the door with student ID). For more information, e-mail info@salisburysingers.org.

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WEC’appella Saturday, April 9, 7-9:30 p.m. Quinsigamond Community College, Hebert Auditorium, 670 West Boylston St. The city’s first-ever a capella competition pits college

and high school a capella groups against each other for a trophy and bragging rights as Best A Capella Group in Worcester. Tickets are $20 general admission, $10 for students, and can be bought at wecollaborative.org.

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Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards CD Release Party Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 May St., Worcester Opening acts are The Hip Swayers Trio, Smith and Ryder. Tickets are $15. Springfield Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. Springfield Symphony Hall, 34 Court St., Springfield The SSO performs works from Beethoven and Brahm. Doors open at 6 p.m. To buy tickets, call 413-733-2291, visit 1350 Main St., Springfield or order at SpringfieldSymphony.org. The Avett Brothers Sunday, April 10, 6:30 p.m. DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester The Avett Brothers are an American Folk band made up of seven members: Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford, Paul Defiglia, Tania Elizabeth, Joe Kwon and Mike Marsh. Tickets start at $27.50. VoicePlay Sunday, April 10, 4 p.m. Hanover Theater for The Performing Arts: 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Voice play is a quirky, funny, all-male singing group. Tickets are $14 and $22. For more information, call 877-571-7469 Assumption College Human-Arts Voice Recital Jean Danton Tuesday, April 12, 7-8 p.m. Assumption College: Kennedy Memorial Hall/Public Safety, K112, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester Jean Danton performs classical and musical theatre songs. There will be a reception following the performance in Kennedy Hall, Room 107. Visit www.jeandanton.com for more information about this performer. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail jchlapowski@assumption.edu or call 508-767-7304. Chick Corea and Béla Fleck Tuesday, April 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester. Corea and Fleck are a piano and banjo duet. The performance uses material from their Grammy-winning album, “The Enchantment,” along with music from genres such as jazz, bluegrass, rock, flamenco, and gospel. Tickets start at $25. For more information, e-mail info@ thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469. Assumption College String Camerata Thursday, April 14, 3-4 p.m. Assumption College: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester. Assumption College students will be playing music for strings by Elgar, Bach and Mozart. For more information, e-mail jchlapowski@ assumption.edu or call 508-767-7304. Admission is free. Worcester Chamber Music Society with guest pianist Bernadine Blaha Friday, April 15, 7:30 -9:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church,ia Harvard, l! 9 Ayer Road, Harvard

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This program will feature chamber pieces by Schumann (Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47), Mozart (String Quintet No.5 in D major K.593), and Martinu (Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano, H.300). Tickets are $32 for adults, $17.50 for students, and $7.50 for youths. For tickets, visit musicworcester.org. Assumption College Band Spring Concert Friday, April 15, 8-9:15 p.m. Assumption College: Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester The final concert performance of the Assumption College Band for the school year. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail Jchlapowski@assumption.edu or call 508-767-7304. Ragas, Bach and Wuwei April 15, 2016, 8 p.m Brooks Concert Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Features music for solo cello by J. S. Bach and Holy Cross composer Shirish Korde, and a performance by cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws. The concert will be followed by a panel discussion with Korde, distinguished professor of Humanities, and renowned guest speaker Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and author of “Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity.” Spring Concert Saturday, April 15, 7:30 p.m. Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn The Philharmonic & String Orchestra performs. Part of the Worcester Youth Orchestras music season. Young Artists Showcase: JazzTrane from JOMP Friday, April 15, 7 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester Traditional jazz improvisations with director Tucker Antell. Free. 10th Annual Spring Festival Saturday, April 16, 2016, 3-6 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 24 Mulberry St., Worcester Join us for the 10th annual ACE Spring Festival. This year’s event will feature interactive activities with ACE students and staff, drumming with Crocodile River Music, dances performed by ACE students, student speakers, a dinner of African cuisine, and more! Come immerse yourself in different African cultures, celebrate the successes of ACE students, and join us in commemorating our 10th year. Visit www.acechildren.org. Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles Sunday, April 17, 2-4:30 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Annerin Productions bring back favorite hits like “Hard Day’s Night,” “Day Tripper,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Twist and Shout,” “Get Back.” Tickets are $30, $45, and $55. Call the box office at 887.571. SHOW (7469) or e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org for more information. continued on page 19

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t first glance, this seems like an odd pairing of musicians. Bela Fleck, an eclectic master of the banjo, teaming up with Chick Corea, jazz icon, pianist extraordinaire. Sometimes lightning strikes when two converging musical forces meet. Such is the case with these two men, who have been collaborating now for two decades.

On Tuesday, April 12, they bring their mastery back to the Hanover Theatre for the Arts in Worcester. They are celebrating the release of their new double live CD, “Super Magic.” Corea and Fleck first joined forces in 1995, when Corea played on a few tracks of Fleck’s solo album, “Tales From the Acoustic Planet.” Fleck was “thrilled” to record with a man he calls “one of my biggest musical heroes and

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inspirations.” He thought that was it. Then, a few years later, “Chick approached me about doing some duo music and touring. I was completely into it,” said Fleck. Since that time, the two have toured almost annually. “Sometimes a year might go by, and then we remember, ‘Hey, this is fun,” Fleck continued. “It’s become one of the most special parts of my musical existence.” They have recorded one studio album together, 2007’s “The Enchantment,” which inspired them to continue touring. Both Corea and Fleck have had long and storied careers. Starting in the late 1960s as a member of Miles Davis band, Corea was a major player in the expansion of jazz into fusion music. He formed Return to Forever, along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner and Keith Jarrett, in th ’70s, and together they revolutionized that genre. Since then, Corea has dabbled in diverse music projects, and is active in many social issues as well. Fleck is an explorer. His career is filled with forays into many different styles of music, including classical. He composed a concerto for banjo and bass with full

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orchestra, which he performed with longtime collaborator, bassist Edgar Meyer. In 2001, he recorded an album of classical selections, including pieces by Chopin, Debussy and others. Fleck and Meyer teamed up to write a trio concerto, which included Indian table player Zakir Hussein. He has appeared alongside bluegrass guitar legend Tony Rice, as well as such artists as Dave Matthews, Ginger Baker and Phish. His group, the Flecktones, includes bass legend Victor Wooten among others. Fleck also brings the banjo home to its native music every year at the renowned Telluride bluegrass festival. “It’s an important touchstone for me,” Fleck said. When asked if there was anything on his continued from page 16

Tech N9ne Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m. Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester Tech N9ne is a rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. The concert will also feature Krizz Kaliko, The Ritz, Mayday, and Stevie Stone. Tickets are $35$39, and may be bought online at ticketfly.com Worcester Chamber Music Society with guest pianist Bernadene Blaha Sunday, April 17, 4-6 p.m.

Mechanics Hall, Washburn Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester Features pieces by Schumann, Mozart, and Martinu. Tickets are $32 for adults, $17.50 for students, and $7.50 for youths. Audition for Worcester Children’s Chorus Tuesday, April 19 Assumption College. The Worcester Children’s Chorus is looking for kids ages 8-18. Don’t miss an opportunity to sing with a professional chorus. To schedule an audition, visit wccprogram@gmail.com. Amici e Musica Chamber Ensemble Friday, April 22, 7 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester Beethoven and Wood septets performed for free. Musicians of the Old Post Road: “Green With Envy” Sunday, April 24, 4-6:30 p.m. Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester This concert features songs by Handel, Hasse, Ristori, Tartini and Vivaldi. Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $10 for students with ID. For more information, e-mail musicians@oldpostroad.org or call 781466-6694. Alton Brown Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Come to The Hanover Theater to see Alton Brown perform comedy, music and more. Tickets start at $39.50, and may be bought by calling 877571-7469. Stand Against Racism Rally Friday, April 29, 3-5 p.m. Worcester City Common Don’t miss this showcase of area talent put on by the YWCA of Central

wish list still undone, he said, “There are so many possibilities, and the only limitation is time … Where should I put my energy, since the more I put into something, the higher the yield?” One contemporary artist he covets working with is Chris Thile from Nickel Creek. Meanwhile, Fleck is fulfilled with the continued touring with Corea. Asked what to expect from their live show, Fleck said, “There is a lot of simultaneous play, but also we take turns and solos, and accompany each other. And there are some extended solo introductions from each of us. The two of us rippling and interacting harmonically has a space in it that is surprising.” By the time they reach Worcester April 12, they will have a few shows already under their belts, and Fleck predicts “it will be pretty hot by then.”

Massachusetts, featuring performances from all cultures and age groups. Dance groups will do their thing, and a youth orchestra will also be featured. Best of all, the event is free. Celebrating America! New Haven Symphony Orchestra with Worcester Chorus Friday, April 29, 8-10 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester The New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Worcester Chorus perform a mix of pieces that showcase the styles and traditions of America. Tickets are $49 for adults, $17.50 for students and $7.50 for youths. Visit musicworcester.org for information on tickets. A Jookin’ Jam Session with Lil’ Buck & Friends April 29, 2016, 8 p.m. Hogan Oval, College of the Holy Cross , 1 College St., Worcester “The College’s Become More: Campaign for the Future of Holy Cross” kicks off with an evening of celebration headlined by the international jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck, who came to international attention when ballet star turned director Damian Woetzel paired the young dancer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance, captured on video by Spike Jonze, went viral, with over 3 million views to date. He is joined by a stellar cast of musicians, marking the welcome return of Fall ’15 ATB artist-inresidence, Galician gaita player Cristina Pato. Wolf Pack Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m. O’Connell’s Pub, 700 Worcester Road, Framingham Come join the Wolf Pack with music, food and drinks. Harmonie Transverse Flute Ensemble in concert Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster St., Worcester Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m. Harmonie Transverse returns for an annual performance at Trinity playing works written for and transcribed for flute ensemble.  Under the direction of Jay V. Kast-Tuttle, these musicians, who are performers, teachers, parents, and artists, play a wide range of flutes providing a six octave range nearly covering the full range of a piano and an orchestra. Worcester Children’s Chorus Spring Concert Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m. Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Assumption College, Worcester Join the Worcester Children’s Chorus for its annual spring concert, featuring choral music. The chorus is led by Dr. Pamela Mindell and Phillip Montgomery. For more information, visit worcesterchildrenschorus.org. Spring Dance Concert Wednesday, May 4 , 7-8 p.m., 9-10 p.m. College of the Holy Cross O’Kane Hall, Fenwick Theater, 1 College St., Worcester. Come see beautiful dance performances by the Holy Cross dance team. Admission is free.   Handel & Haydn Society Chamber Players Thursday, May 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester

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This is the final performance of the 2015-2016 season. This concert is baroque and classical music. Tickets are $49 for adults, $17.50 for students, and $7.50 for youths. Guy Davis Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. Hezekiah Stone’s Coffeehouse, 1089 Stafford St., Leicester This concert features blues music. Guy Davis has played his music on television, radio, in theaters and at festivals. Tickets are $25.

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Spring 2016 Season! {SpringArtsPreview} A heart to heal: Douglas author pours pain into her writing

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or Sandra Madden, her life full of pain started with a fall off of her bike.

It was raining, she said, and she only took her eyes off the road for a second. But that mere second led her to drift to the side of the road where water had accumulated and when she hit her brakes, “I knew I was going over the handlebars,” she said. After landing on her back, Madden, who resides in Douglas, was able to rise to her feet and get a ride home. She didn’t give the fall much thought since she was wearing a helmet. After a visit to the ER for a sore shoulder from the fall, the doctor didn’t give it much thought either. But she soon started having neuropathy pain, like “burning, prickling numbness,” she said, and no one could figure out why. Memory issues started as well, but doctors attributed it to the medication Sandra Madden she was taking. After another fall while skating with her son, the pain only intensified, and when she later walked into the office of a doctor she was seeing for her spine, she didn’t recognize she had been there before. “He picked up the signs and put two and two together,” she said, and he referred her to Spaulding Rehab in Charlestown. “Within a half hour, the doctor there said I had post-concussive syndrome, symptoms of a concussion that don’t go away.” And while someone who receives a concussion are typically told to rest to let their brain heal, Madden’s late diagnosis didn’t give her the chance to do that. “I feel like that’s the reason that I have the issues I have today, because I didn’t have a chance to give my brain a rest,” she says. With chronic pain and short-term memory issues relating to her injury, causing her to

have to quit her job and collect disability, Madden dove into photography. “My friend, who I’ve done photography with since high school, sent me a picture of a mustard heart, and we decided to see if we could find hearts every day,” she said. “That’s something I kept doing and I found taking photographs of all the hearts I was finding took my focus and thoughts away from the pain I was feeling and what I call ‘brain chatter,’ [where] I hear my voice in my head constantly.” STEVEN KING

With her heart photography, Madden had the idea to turn it into a book with inspirational quotes, which she hoped would help others with brain injuries. “Maybe what I’m doing, someone else could also do in the same way or a similar way,” she says. “At times, I feel like the hearts are like a treasure hunt, which helps my brain works a little harder. Art and music are huge healers for the brain.” The idea turned to reality when she met Todd Civin at a book signing for a book he published about Dick Hoyt, who competes in races and marathons while pushing his son Rick, who has cerebral palsy, in a wheelchair. Madden admitted that a part of her asked, “Who would care to look at these pictures and read my story?” And while she can’t continued on next page


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remember exactly what Civin told her, it was something along the lines of, “Not everybody can be a best seller, but they should have a chance to tell their story.” That was just the push she needed. With his advice, Madden put together a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2,500 for her book. And when it came down to the very last day of her campaign, in a race against the site’s policy to either raise the goal amount by that date or lose it all, she managed to raise the last dollars she needed. After nine months of compiling her photographs and inspirational quotes to accompany them, “Hearts All Around Us” was published in November 2014, with proceeds going towards the very organization that helped her come to terms with her disability. “I donate a portion of the proceeds to the Brain Injury Association [of Massachusetts],” Madden said, whose support group she has attended at Spaulding since 2008. “Going to the support group made a huge difference. My support group is one of the biggest ones – anywhere from 50 to 60 people. It’s very diverse – people in wheelchairs, people who have sustained all types of injuries, some when they were very young, and people that I’ve come to know personally that inspire me.” Madden started to volunteer at the association in 2009 while on disability. and

with the help of the group, she built up her confidence to go back to work – and was hired there as an administrative assistant before being promoted to special events coordinator. “It took me a long time to get over feeling stupid,” Madden said. “You have cognitive problems, so you lose a lot of self-confidence. If you look at me you can’t tell I have a brain injury or that I’m sitting here with a lot of pain. It’s hard because it’s completely invisible, so when you talk about it you’re not sure people believe you.” So far, Madden has donated more than $500 to the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts from her book sales, all while helping to raise awareness for the effects and symptoms of concussions and brain injuries. “Someone who has a brain injury of any kind or a family member or caregiver can reach out to us for help,” she said. “It may be one person at a time, but helping even one person feels good.” Madden will be one of the authors attending the Local Author Fair & Bookfest at the Worcester Public Library Saturday, April 2, which is free and open to the public. If you or a loved one living in Massachusetts has sustained a brain injury and you are in need of information or resources, please call the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts at 1-800-242-0030

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Prong Sunday, May 8, 6 p.m. Upstairs at the Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester Prong is a head-banging metal band. Tickets are $15-$18, and may be bought through ticketfly.com. Say Anything Saturday, May 14 Palladium 261 Main St., Worcester Come join the band Say Anything at the palladium. Tickets range from $21-$25, and may be bought at ticketfly.com. Coriolis Winds – Chamber Music Concert Friday, May 20, 7 p.m. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St., Worcester Listen to the works of Mozart, Debussy, Ibert, Straninsky and Poulenc. No charge. The Drunken Uncles Friday, May 20, 6-9 p.m. Park Grill & Spirits, 257 Park Ave. If you are of age, go have some drinks with your favorite “uncles.” Free. Season Finale Bala Concert Saturday, May 21, 7 p.m. Pappas Theatre, Auburn High School, 99 Auburn St., Auburn The Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonic & String Orchestra play the season finale for Worcester Youth Orchestras. Choral Vespers for the Festival of The Holy Trinity Sunday, May 22, 4 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester John Weit conducts Trinity Choir with orchestra in J. S. Bach’s Cantata No. 129, “Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott” (Praised be the Lord, my God) composed for the Festival of The Holy Trinity in 1726. Set in the context of vespers (Evening Prayer), this service also includes a setting of the

Tickets and information at: 508-217-4450 or www.worcesterchambermusic.org

An Evening with Joe Bonamassa Thursday, May 26, 8-10 p.m.

Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Joe Bonamassa has been a professional musician for 26 years, and has 16 solo albums on his own label, J&R Adventures. Tickets start at $82. For more information, please call the box office at 877.571. SHOW (7469) or e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org. Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and Primal Fear Saturday, May 28, 4 p.m. Palladium, 261 Main St., Worcester Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and Primal fear are both metal bands. Tickets start at $25, and may be bought at ticketfly.com. continued on page 25

MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS Visit this unique Museum and explore the largest collection of Russian Icons in North America!

Very Open Rehearsal - Sunday, April 10 5:00 PM Featuring Mozart’s String Quintet in D Major Tickets $75 include dinner 508-217-4450 to reserve Hosted by Lisa Kirby Gibbs and Peter Gibbs (location will be sent with reservation confirmation) Madness in reason in collaboration with Music Worcester 2 shows! Friday, April 15, 7:30 PM Harvard Unitarian Church Sunday, April 17, 4:00 PM Mechanics Hall, Washburn Performing music of Mozart, Martinu and Schumann With Bernadene Blaha, piano and Omar Chen Guey, violin Tickets $7.50-$35 available through Music Worcester (508) 754-3231

Magnificat by Giacomo Puccini (18th century ancestor to the more famous opera composer of the same name) as well music for organ and congregational singing.

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In Sturbridge, the show goes on for Stageloft Theatre Corinne O’Brien

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rom Hanover Theatre to Mechanics Hall, there are plenty of places in Worcester to see big-name acts. But if you think your theater options are limited to the second biggest city in the state, think again.

Or rather, get in your car and take a relatively quick drive down Route 20 (the Mass Pike if you want to shave a few minutes off your time), and check out The Stageloft Repertory Theatre. Owners Christine and Scott Taylor have kept Stageloft’s fire burning in Sturbridge for a year now, and encourage everyone to become a part of the Stageloft experience. Located on Main Street, this classic and cozy black box has staged numerous comical and heartfelt productions, from Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” to “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.” Stageloft’s roots sprang forth from an unexpected career turn by Ed Cornely. Cornely was an English teacher at Hopkinton High School when the school realized it didn’t have Stageloft owner a director for a play it was producing. Although he had little experience, Cornely took the helm, and the show turned out to be a success. He decided to start a production program that performed at a senior residence center in Shrewsbury in 1987, which inspired Cornely to lease space in Sturbridge, where he would later run shows with his wife from 19941997. They moved to the current Main Street location and debuted their first show as “The Stageloft Repertory Theater” in December 1998. Cornely continued to run the theater for 21 years until January 2015, when he passed his job onto the current owner Christine Taylor. “I have about 20 or 30 shows in my head right now, but I do want to keep it a secret,” Christine Taylor chuckled when asked about

upcoming performances. “I like to program fun shows, mostly comedies. Our audience wants to be entertained, and I want the audience to have a good time.” Christine Taylor is a native of Auburn, and said she has enjoyed theater since acting in elementary and middle school productions, where she found inspiration through one of her favorite elementary school teachers. She graduated from UMass-Amherst with a degree in education and musical performance, and taught at a community music school for “a bit.” She became an actress and costume

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renovations, and has seen a few changes to its rather snug-fit seating. “Last year, we repainted the lobby and redid the flooring, and even added brand new seating,” Christine Taylor said. “With a black box theater, [the seats are] very close and intimate, but there’s really not a bad seat in the place. The building itself sunk a bit, so we made the stage re-leveled. We also have some new makeup tables backstage.” As for her favorite production, Christine Taylor said, “Probably ‘The Addams Family Musical.’ We had the perfect creative team, STEVEN KING

Christine Taylor and former owner Ed Cornely.

designer for Stageloft in 2007, and has been active with them for almost 10 years. Christine Taylor is especially proud of Stageloft’s youth program, which provides students with hands-on learning about performing on stage, and even allows them to be in a production at the theater. “There are tuition-based youth programs in the summer that are turning out shows every two weeks,” Christine Taylor said. “Ticket costs increase for adults and musicals, and royalty is a bit expensive. It’s $250 for the two-week programs, but we will help with budgeting if money is ever an issue.” The theater recently underwent

cast, it was very fun. I like to choose them all based on whether they appeal to the audience. I’m honestly excited about all of them.” You can catch a show at the Stageloft Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays 2 p.m. Youth theater workshops are available from July-August, and daytime performances are Fridays and Saturdays at the end of each workshop. Reserve tickets by calling the theater at 508-347-9005 or visit ticketstage. com to pre-purchase tickets. For more information, visit www.stageloft.org for a schedule of upcoming shows.

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Annie Friday, March 11 - Sunday, March 13 Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester The world’s favorite musical returns to Worcester. The story of little orphan Annie. For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org. Dancing in the Streets Friday, April 1, 8-10 p.m. Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Join the original and the best celebration of Motown’s greatest hits with the spectacular, critically acclaimed hit show direct from London’s West End. Come experience the energy and electricity of the motor city in a stunning production packed with hit after hit, all killer, and no filler! Full-price tickets start at $39. For more information, e-mail info@ thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469. The Marvelous Wonderettes Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, April 1-17; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge This musical is about Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy at their prom in 1958. As the show goes on, the Wonderettes perform at their 10year reunion. The show is about the past decade, and what has happened in the girls’ lives. Tickets are $ 18 for adults, $ 16 for seniors, ages 65 and up, and $10 for youths, ages 12 and under. CitySpeak April 7-9, 8 p.m., April 10, 2 p.m. Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester CitySpeak is a play written, developed, and performed by WSU’s Urban Studies class. It is based off of the voices of the city of Worcester itself. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m. Hanover Theater Performing for the Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Worcester A good family show featuring an amazing cast of cats, dogs and parrots. This show will bring you to tears in laughter and triumph. Tickets start at $22 WOO card members get a 10-percent discount. Hamlet April 14-16, April 21-23, 8 p.m. Fenwick Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester A modern production of the well-known classic. Tickets are $10 for the Holy Cross Community and $15 for the general public. Swan Lake Moscow Festival Ballet Friday April 15, 8-10 p.m. Hanover Theater, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester A production by the Bolshoi Ballet dancers who has toured the world several times since its founding in 1989. $29 for general public $25 for youth and students. Ellis Island Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April24, 2 p.m. Southbridge Middle/High School, 132 Torrey Road, Southbridge A Gateway Players Theatre production, in conjunction with the Southbridge Bicentennial Committee. Ellis Island shows the lives of immigrants coming to America in 1907 and all the challenges that they face. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and children 17 and under. For more information, call 508-764-4531. Student-Directed One Acts Thursday, April 28 through Saturday, April 30, 8 p.m. Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester Worcester State Theatre presents a series of one-act plays: “The Dumb Waiter,” “MUD” and “The Zoo Story.” The cost is $14 for the public, $10 for seniors, $7 for students. The shows repeat daily, 8 p.m., until April 30. Saturday Night Fever Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, the iconic story of Tony, the kid from continued on page 26

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Local film series light up dark for Worcester’s movie scene

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f there were such a thing as “The Worcester Book of Records” Charlie Baker surely would hold a title. The retired Holy Cross professor of French and cinema studies has operated a film series at the college since 1963, screening, by his estimate, 2,600 movies for Cross students and the Worcester community.

Could another person outside of the owner of Hurricane Betty’s realistically claim to have hosted that many viewings of anything in this city? Fifty-three years into it, Baker happily remains on the job. This spring the Seelos Film Series, shown free of charge in the Francis Xavier Seelos Theatre in Kimball Hall, features its usual robust schedule of second-run crowd pleasers like “The Martian” and “The Hateful Eight” on Fridays and Saturdays and a slate of art house pictures on Wednesdays (think “Carol” and “45 Years”). “The Wednesday movies are the same kind of films I’d show when I taught my film course,” Baker said. (Full disclosure: I took Baker’s course “Cinema and Humanism” as a Holy Cross undergrad. Can’t recall my grade these three-plus decades later, but I’m assuming I did okay since I’m not holding a grudge — and I’m Irish.) What is now the Seelos series had several incarnations over the years. Baker used to run a film every night during final exams, drawing packed houses. His Wednesday night screenings became such a tradition, that when MSNBC host Chris Matthews, a 1967 grad, returned to campus to give a lecture on a Wednesday night he playfully scolded the students in the audience, “What are you doing here? There’s a film down at Kimball!” These days, actual celluloid has given way to DVDs and Blu-Ray, but the vehicle doesn’t really matter. The people settled into the soft seats down at Kimball, their faces turned toward a lit screen, just want to be told a story. “It’s the same basic principle,” said Baker.

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A short ride away at Clark University, Cinema 320 has introduced foreign and offbeat films to the Worcester community since 1982 under the discerning eye of Steve Sandberg. He’s long been committed to the goal of screening films that have not played previously to a Worcester audience, and his track record has been pretty remarkable. This spring, for instance, he’s screening four of the five Academy Award nominees for Best Foreign Language Film. Sandberg tries to see every film he chooses for his fall and spring schedules, a task made easier once he reduced the number of films from 13 or 14 each season to seven or eight. “I don’t feel comfortable putting a film onto the schedule that I haven’t seen personally,” he said. “If you’re in a position where you have to defend or justify a movie, it might as well be one you saw.” Sandberg also relies on websites like Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, as well as reviews in The Boston Globe, to help shape his schedule. He does so with a healthy dose of skepticism. “There are cases where a film can be too highly praised to the point where it’s impressed the critics more than the audience. I’ve got to be wary of those films,” he said. Otherwise, Sandberg says predicting what will catch on with an audience is akin to seeking answers inside a Magic 8 Ball. He’s joking. Sort of. While documentaries appear with regularity on the 320 slate — “Hitchcock Truffaut” and “Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words” have played this spring — Sandberg is careful they don’t dominate. “There are so many good documentaries out there that I could fill a schedule with them in 15 minutes,” he said. “But I have to be very selective because documentaries don’t draw with the same vigor as fictional films. People are just warmer toward fiction.” Sandberg acknowledges his audience is aging, but he refuses to pander to any particular demographic — he seeks out films that make emotional demands and stretch the viewer’s expectations. He’ll never bump out the place — a “healthy minimum” number of people in the theater each week is victory enough and helps determine the number of movies he’ll screen and the creative risks he’ll take. It’s a delicate balance he’s struck over the last 30 years. “I learned not to push the city further than the city wanted to go,” Sandberg said.

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Brooklyn, who wants to dance his way to a better life, is back! And back in an all-new production that shares Tony’s love for dancing in spectacular new ways. Fueled by vintage Bee Gees’ hits, this contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. For more information, e-mail marketing@thehanovertheatre.org. Nana’s Naughty Knickers Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, May 6-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main St., Sturbridge Bridget discovers that her grandmother is running an illegal boutique from her apartment that sell hand made naughty knickers to seniors. Tickets are $ 18 for adults, $ 16 for seniors, ages 65 and up, and $10 for youths, ages 12 and under. One-Act Festival Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m. The Pit, O’Kane Hall, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Young and aspiring actors debut their full-produced one acts as young directors are given the chance to showcase their talents.

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Evoking Eleanor: The art, life, and legacy of FAM founder Eleanor Norcross Ongoing Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg A collection dedicated to exploring the legacy of FAM founder Eleanor Norcross. Take a Bite Out of History! Ongoing, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; fourth Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester View Worcester’s vast history of food in this thrilling and interactive exhibit at the Worcester Historical Museum. Admission for members and kids 18 or younger is free. For non-members, adults are $5, seniors/students with ID is $4, Guided tours (up to three teachers free) is $5, self guided tours $3. For more information, call 508-753-8278 or email info@ worcesterhistory.net Remastered: A New Look at Old Masters Ongoing, Wednesday-Friday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5p.m.; third Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester In partnership with WGBH, the Worcester Art Museum re-installs its Baroque and Renaissance gallery of 17th- to 18th-century masterpieces. Admission is free to members. For non-members, $14 for adults, $12 Seniors (65-plus), $12 Students w/ID, $6 ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. In Their Shirtsleeves Ongoing, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; fourth Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester This exhibit features the ever-changing story of the workers, investors, and innovators who made industry the story of Worcester. Admission for members and kids 18 or younger is free. For non-members, adults are $5, seniors/ students with ID is $4, Guided tours (up to three teachers free) is $5, self guided tour is $3. For more information, call 508-753-8278 or email info@worcesterhistory.net Stories They Tell Ongoing, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; fourth Thursday of the month, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St., Worcester This exhibit digs deep into the public and personal stories behind Worcester Historical Museum’s large collection of artifacts belonging to local residents. Admission for members and kids 18 or younger is free. For non-members, adults are $5, seniors/ students with ID is $4, Guided tours (up to three teachers free) is $5, self guided tour is $3. For more information, call 508-753-8278 or email info@worcesterhistory.net

Wall at WAM: Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison Now on View, Wednesday-Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; third Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester Come down to view the husband and wife team of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison’s 10th mural for view at the Museum’s Wall at WAM series. Admission is free to members. For non-members, $14 for adults, $12 Seniors (65-plus), $12 Students w/ID, $6 ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. Knights! On View Permanently, Wednesday-Friday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; third Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester This exhibit shows the fascinating history and art behind armor and arms, as well its photogenic features. Admission is free to members. For nonmembers, $14 for adults, $12 Seniors (65-plus), $12 Students w/ID, $6 ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. African Art On View Permanently, Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Gallery of African Art, 62 High St., Clinton This collection of African Art will provide you with an amazing visual view of African history, along with an interactive and innovative approach to their rich and ever-expanding cultural heritage. Admission is $5 suggestion donation, or $4/person for tours. For more information, call 978-368-1840 or email info@galleryofafricanart.org Global Africa: Creativity, Continuity and Change in African Art Ongoing through 2017 Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg A collection of traditional African art, exploring Africa’s diverse culture through masks, masquerades, photographs, carved portraits, and metal. $9 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+), and $5 for students. Hidden Treasure Ongoing through March 27 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard New exhibit that highlights on rarely seen things from the fruitlands, and also landscape paintings and artifacts on the Hudson river. Recent Acquisitions: Photography Ongoing through mid-April Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg Photographer Stephen Jareckie celebrates the opening of the freshly renovated Ronald M. Ansin Gallery. This collection features photographic prints acquired during the last two years. The Last Judgment Tapestry, Flemish (c. 1500) Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, Sept. 18; Wednesday-Friday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; third Thursday of every month, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Contemporary Gallery Thanks to the King Boudouin Foundation, along with the René and Karin Jonckheere Fund, this masterpiece representing the emblematic history of Christianity can now be once again be shown in its full glory. This is one of the few remaining tapestries depicting The Last Judgment, and the Worcester Panel is worth a look. Admission is free to members. For non-members, $14 for adults, $12 Seniors (65-plus), $12 Students w/ID, $6 ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. Cyanotypes: Photography’s Blue Period Ongoing through April 24 Worcester Art Museum: 55 Salisbury St., Worcester Invented by John Herschel in 1842, cyanotypes are photographs with a distinctive Prussian blue tonality made by treating paper with an iron-salt solution. It’s Electric! Ongoing through Saturday, April 30 Saturday, 2:30-3 p.m. EcoTarium 222 Harrington Way, Worcester


Each Saturday at 2:30, visit the EcoTarium for an interactive experience on how static electricity works, discover how currents flow through circuits, and explore examples of electricity in everyday life. For more information, email info@ecotarium.org or call 508-929-2700. Admission is free to members. For non-members, $14 for adults, $10 ages 2-18, $10 for college students w/ID, active military personnel and military spouses receive 2-for-1 deal. Land Ho! Remix Ongoing through June Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg An exciting mashup exhibition of different art pieces at the Fitchburg Art Museum. The Matryoshka Tradition Ongoing through June Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton A collection of traditional nesting dolls that were donated to the museum in 2015. Triiibe: Same Difference Ongoing through June 5 Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg Identical triplets use art to create conversations about gender, equality, and difference. Veiled Aleppo Ongoing through June 5 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester

Photographs from the streets of Aleppo, Syria, where hanging sheets served as shields for the Free Syrian Army soldiers from the view of Bashar al-Assad’s security force snipers. The exhibition features the work of photojournalist Franco Pagetti. Pierre Bonnard, Dining Room in the Country (1913) Ongoing through June 19 Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Gallery 209 This beautiful loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Art depicts Pierre Bonnard’s dining room along with her wife and cats. Bonnard paints entirely from memory, showing extreme detail in this beautiful piece of oil on canvas, set in even more beautiful Vernonnet, Paris. Admission is free to members. For non-members, $14 for adults, $12 Seniors (65+), $12 Students w/ ID, $6 ages 4-17, free for kids 3 and under. Rare Royal Doors from a Russian Iconostasis On view through June 25, Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton Circa 1600s, the provenance states that the set is from an Iconostasis in a region north of Moscow. Located in the “Iconostasis Room” admission is free to museum members and with museum admission. Festival Row Icons On view through June 25, Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton View 12 Festival Row icons, featured in a frame by First Artist-inResidence Alexander Gassell. Alexa Horochowski: Club Disminución Monday, March 14 through Saturday, April 16, Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to

5 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery Come to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery to see the beautiful video and sculpture installation of Argentinian native Alexa Horochowski. Club Dismunución by Alexa Horochowski March 15 – April 16 (Reception is March 15, 5-6:30 p.m.) O’Kane Hall, first floor, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester. Horochowski’s work addresses the inter-relatedness of natural environment, globalization, culture, and matter. The hours for the Cantor Art Gallery are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays noon to 5 p.m. For additional information please call 508-793-3356 or visit www. holycross.edu/cantorartgallery. NOW! New Works, New Artists Friday, March 18 through Friday, April 15 Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Worcester Center for Crafts, Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester Join us in exhibiting the next generation of artists at the peaks of their careers. All artists features are born before 1975. All craft and artistic media are eligible. For more info, call 508-753-8183 x301 or email wccregistration@worcester.edu. HomeSchool Wednesday Wednesday, March 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester Tour designed to complement home-school learning for children 5 and older. Call or email Jan Ewick at 508-793-4338 or janewick@ worcesterart.org or Jesse Rives at 508-793-4335 or jesserives@ worcesterart.org to schedule your Homeschool Wednesday. For more information, e-mail information@worcesterart.org. Alchemy: Exhibit Thursday March 24 through April 15, 5 p.m. Worcester center for the crafts: Krikorian Gallery, 25 Sagamore Road, Worcester Showing local artist’s art work. “Flux” artwork by Neil Wilkins Thursday, March 31 through Tuesday, July 12 Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester See large-scale abstract paintings in bright acrylic colors, exploring the nature of boundaries and the movement of objects across the picture plane. For more information, e-mail info@artsworcester.org. What Rhymes With Orange? A Punkcake Pop Up Gallery Friday-Sunday, April 1-3 6:30-9:30 p.m. 340 Main St., Worcester Creative work from 19 local artists and makers will fill the bright orange walls (and floors) of the rooms off the lobby of The Commerce Building downtown. Music will be provided by Worcester punk band Yes, But Not With You, and refreshments are being crafted by The Whisky Witch and The Punkcake Bakers. Art in Bloom Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fitchburg Art Museum: 185 Elm St., Fitchburg Come to the Fitchburg Art Museum to see art bloom. The Marvelous Dissection of [huMan] Opening Reception, Saturday, April 9, 5-9 p.m.; Gallery Hours, Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; closing Reception, Sunday, April 30, 1-4 p.m. The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. View the artwork from artists Kristine MacBrian, Nicole Elias, and Justin Sliwoski this April. For more info, visit www.sprinkler factory.com. 2016 Student Art Competition Friday, April 15 through June 19 Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Road, Harvard The museum hosts its second Student Art Competition, featuring entries from middle and high school students throughout the region. The first student art show two years ago attracted almost 80 entries from 16 communities. This year’s competition will be judged by Artist-inResidence Carolyn Wirth. Cash prizes will be awarded to top artists in

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College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St., Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery More information at www.holycross.edu. No Evil Project Collection Exhibit Saturday, April 30 through May 1 Denholm Building, 484 Main St., Worcester This exhibit features over a thousand participants posing as the “three wise monkeys” representing “hear no evil,” “see no evil” and “speak no evil.” To contribute to the label they have picked, they have written a good deed to show that “their actions speak louder than stereotypes.” No charge. Pottery Invitational Crafts Sunday, May 1 through Saturday, July 24, Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Worcester Center of Crafts, 25 Sagamore Road Join the fun! Look and create some beautiful pottery here at the Center of Crafts. Cinco de Mayo ArtRaiser Thursday, May 5 The Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. Join the annual fundraiser to benefit the Sprinkler Factory Gallery. For more info, visit www.sprinklerfactory.com. “The Gulf” photographs by Camilo Ramirez Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, May 6-27 ArtsWorcester, 660 Main St., Worcester Free event. For more information, e-mail info@artsworcester.org or call 508-755-5142. Terra Firma: A Members’ Exhibition Opening reception, May 6, 6-8 p.m. Runs through May 27 Beyond traditional landscape, this members’ exhibit calls for artwork exploring humanity’s impact on the natural environment. Arts for the Arts Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn The Auburn Cultural Council, part of the Mass. Cultural Council, after a one-year hiatus, once again holds this showcase of art from adult artists and high school students in grades 11-12 from Auburn and surrounding towns. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit auburnguide.com or call Marilyn Kulesa at 508-832-4081. Annual Art in the City Friday, May 13, 6-9 p.m. Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St., Worcester The 18th annual Art in the City gala promises an evening of art and entertainment, featuring an outstanding selection of original artwork created by a variety of local artists. Proceeds support health, dental and vision care as well as social services for low-income and uninsured patients at the Family Health Center of Worcester, Lois B. Green Health Center and Family Health Center of Southbridge. EcoTarium’s Signature Fundraising Event: A Night at the Museum Saturday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester Mark your calendars now for the fifth annual “A Night at the Museum,” just for adults. Get ready for an evening of fun when the museum comes to life at night. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, dinner, animal encounters, and more! Tickets are $150 per person and tables of eight are available. Proceeds to benefit the EcoTarium’s mission and support innovative programs and exhibits. For more information, visit ecotarium.org, call 508-929-2700 or email info@ecotarium.org. 25th Anniversary Year Spring Exhibition and Sale: “25 Years of Community Creativity” Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Sunday, May 15, noon to 4 p.m. Princeton Center Building, 18 Boylston Ave., Princeton The nonprofit Princeton Arts Society presents this free event to the public, featuring a special “Historical Gallery,” with work by founding members and past presidents of the Society. There are three cash prizes, with works judged by Barry Van Dusen, internationally-recognized

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Open Mic Saturday, March 26 ongoing through February 2017, 6-9 p.m. wildlife artist and member of London’s Society of Wildlife Artists. For more Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St., Worcester information, email contact@princetonarts.org. Open to musicians, poets, comedians and anyone with talent. Barry van Dusen Exhibit Author Event Tuesday, May 17 through Sunday, June 26 Saturday, March 26, 2-4 p.m. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Milton Gallery Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester View the wondrous work of wildlife artist Barry van Dusen. Story reading with an author. Paint Night at Fruitlands Preschool Story Time May 18, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 28, April 4, 11 & 25, 10-10:45 a.m. Fruitlands Museum: Prospect Hill Road, Harvard Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Come over to Fruitlands Museum to relax and get artistic with a step-byChildren ages 4-5 can participate in story time followed with singing, step guide. To register contact, programming@fruitlands.org. Tickets are dancing in the children’s room. $45 per person. Beginning Reader Book Club Meow, A Cat Inspired Exhibition Tuesday, March 29, 3:30-4 p.m. May 21 through Sept. 4, Wednesday-Friday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 1006 Grafton St., Worcester p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For students in grades K-1. Take turns reading aloud with your friends Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester and improve your reading skills. This one-of-a-kind, multi-faceted project includes an exhibition exploring Poetry Reading by Henry Walters the feline as an iconic element of art, a self-guided “cat walk” through the Tuesday, March 29, 7 p.m. museum and more. For more information, visit worcesterart.org. Kennedy Memorial Hall, Room 112, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester Annual Art Festival A Chicago native, Henry Walters, studied Latin and Greek Literature Saturday, June 4 at Harvard and is the author of a collection of poems, “Field Guide A Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge Road, Sutton Tempo.” His poetry has received many awards, including being a finalist The Friends of the Sutton Free Public Library will be hosting its second in the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Admission is free to the public. annual art festival. Now with even more signage! We will be celebrating art from all levels of artists from beginner (children welcome) to high-end. Stuffed Animal Story Time No re-sellers please, but as long as you make it yourself ( or your child Wednesday, March 30, April 6,13 & 27, 10-10:45 a.m. or your mom or someone we can talk to hand makes it) we would love to 3 Salem Square, Worcester have it. For more information, contact Cynthia at art festival@rielley.com or contact the Sutton Free Public Library. Alternate View June 10 through Aug. 19 The Davis Gallery, 50 Portland St., Worcester’s The Artist Collective presents this show, with an opening event June 10, 5-7 p.m. It is the first time marks the first time the collective of 12 artists is exhibiting together. Their work includes painting, photography, fiber arts, digital arts, printmaking and mixed media. Beyond the Canvas: The Artist Palette Studios Eighth Annual Student Show Friday, April 8, 4-7 p.m. Alternatives Uxbridge Career Center Art Gallery, 5 South Main St., Uxbridge The show features artwork from studio students ranging in age from 2 through adult. For more information, visit ArtistPaletteStudio.com or email pwmurphy@verizon.net. For information about Alternatives, visit alternativesnet.org or email marketing@alternativesnet.org. You may also call 508-234-6232. continued from page 27

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Toddler Story Time Thursdays, March 24 & 31, April 7, 14 & 28, 10-10:45 a.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St, Worcester There will be story time for children, ages 2-3 (toddlers), along with singing and dancing. Baby Time Fridays, March 25, April 1, 8,15 & 29, 10:30-11 a.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St, Worcester Bring your babies for rhymes, songs and story time. It is also a good way to meet other parents in the community. Book Buddies Fridays, March 25 & 29, 4-4:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Tatnuck Magnet Branch,1083 Pleasant St., Worcester Have a blast and read aloud with a buddy at the Tatnuck Branch (ages 2-3).

Bring your favorite stuffed animal for stories, songs and parachute fun for kids ages 18 months to 3 years. Women In Print Wednesday, March 30, 5:30- 8 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Readings on novels by woman authors. Books/Literature - Information Session Wednesday, March 30, 5:30-8 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Worcester Women’s History Project presents its 13th annual Women In Print program with three local authors: Jeannine Atkins, Susan McDaniel Ceccacci and Lyn Lincourt. There will be book signings and refreshments following the program. All welcome. Local Author Fair Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Worcester Public Square, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Local authors display and talk about their books Poetry Reading With Marge Piercy Thursday, April 7, 2:30 p.m. Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St., Worcester


{SpringArtsPreview} Author and poet Marge Piercy, whose grandfather was murdered while organizing bakery workers into a union, reads from her works of poetry. She has written 19 volumes of poetry, including “The Hungry Moon.” Meet The Artist Saturday, April 9, 2-4 p.m. Booklover’s Gourmet, 55 East Main Street, Webster Meet artist Sharon Lindgren, whose oil paintings and photographs, “A Time for All Seasons,” will be on display April 1-30, at Booklovers’ Gourmet. For more information, call 508-949-6232. Poetry Contest Reading Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Worcester County Poetry Association hosts a college poetry contest reading The Free People’s Artists Workshop Reunion Tuesday, April 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, Saxe Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester The Worcester County Poetry Association sponsors a special poetry even and discussion, featuring three of the original participants from the thriving artists’ group that took place in Worcester in the ‘70s and ‘80s: John Hodgen, Cheryl Savageau and David Williams. The talk is facilitated by Jim Cocola, who teaches in the Humanities Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The event is free and open to the public. Books by each author will be available for sale and signing. For more information, visit worcestercountypoetry.org or call 508-797-4770. Rainbow Readers Adult: The Color Purple by, Alice Walker Saturday, April 16, 6-8 p.m. Annie’s Bookshop, 65 James St., Worcester Come read and discuss the book, “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker. This book was also a movie and a hit Broadway musical. This event is good for high-schoolers, college students and adults. Mega Slam Poetry Event Tuesday, April 19, 6-9 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St., Worcester Bring your hand-written poetry and be ready to speak your heart out. Matt Bell Reading Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. College of the Holy Cross, Rehm Library, Smith Hall 1 College St., Worcester Listen to Matt Bell as he reads out loud from his new novel, “Scrapper.” Talking Books Library Saturdays, April 23, May 7 & 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester A training for visually impaired on the use of technology books called talking books. Reading By Judith Ferrara Saturday, April 23, 2 p.m. Booklover’s Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster Celebrate National Poetry Month and Earth Day with a reading by Judith Ferrara and her newest release, “The Little O, the Earth: Travel Journals, Art and Poems.” For more information, call 508-949-6232 or visit paletteandpen.com. Mega Slam 2016: The Battle for Worcester III: Revenge of the Librarians Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester To celebrate National Poetry Month, we invite you to join us as Worcester Public Library hosts this riveting and fun poetry slam, judged by the librarians. Free to the public. An Artist Looks Into the Nest Wednesday, April 27, 7-8 p.m. Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard Come see an interesting lecture by Julie Zickefoose about how baby birds develop songs at such a young age. Friends Book Sale Saturday, April 29-30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Book sale at Worcester public library bring your friends.

Great Books Wednesday, May 4, 7-9 p.m. Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester Come read some of the greatest books at the Worcester Public Library. Book Signing & Talk: Tammy Rebello and L.F. Blanchard Saturday, May 7, 1-3 p.m. Booklover’s Gourmet, 55 East Main St., Webster A book signing and talk with Tammy Rebello and L.F. Blanchard about the book, “Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts: Images of Modern America,” a collection of photographs and historical firsthand accounts that give readers a glimpse of the roots of mental health and past facilities. Call 508-949-6232 for more information.

Films

Ingrid Bergman In Her Own Words (Sweden 2015; 114 min; NR; English and subtitles) Thursday, March 24 and Saturday, March 26, 7:15 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, 1 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Note: 7:15 p.m. evening start times. Cinema 320, Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester Many hours of home movies and decades of faithful journal entries are the treasure trove of this fascinating biography of one of the world’s most magnetic screen personalities. Tuesday March 29-Sunday April 3 - Worcester’s 21st Latino Film Festival! Call (508)798-1900 for more information. The Danish Girl Wednesday, March 30, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. This fictitious but touching love story takes you through the marriage of Gerda and Einar, as Einar decides to get a sex change operation, being one of the first ones ever performed. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, and Amber Heard. Sisters Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. Starring Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, and Maya Rudolph. This comedy follows two very different sisters, who decide to throw one last house party before their parents sell their childhood home. When they return to their old home, they reminisce of their childhood and begin to re-evaluate the lives they’re living now. A War Tuesday, April 5, Thursday, April 7, Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 10, 1 p.m., 3:20 p.m. Cinema 320, Clark University, 950 Main St., Worcester Don’t miss this Academy-Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film about a Danish army officer’s split-second decision under fire in Afghanistan, which has consequences that haunt him and his family when he comes home. The Big Short Wednesday, April 6, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling. The historic 2007-08 financial crisis greatly affected the 99 percent of America, but four members in the world of high-finance actually predict the collapse of the credit, noticing Michael Burry had thrown over $1 billion of his investors dollars into credit default swaps. Spy Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College Street, Worcester Rated R. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne and Jude Law. CIA analyst Susan Cooper volunteers to go undercover and unmask the truth about a dangerous arms dealer, Rayna Boyanov. Her transformation to field agent is chaotic, but humorous when she attempts to prove herself worthy of participating in espionage. Mama Mia Sing-A-Long Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. Abby Theater, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick Sophie’s wedding is coming up, and in the attempt to discover who her

real father is, she brings is a few candidates to try to match with her once defiant and promiscuous mother. Watch this musical classic and get ready to sing-along with Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, and Colin Firth. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Cost is $15 Carol Wednesday, April 13, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. Starring Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson. Based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novella, “The Price of Salt,” this drama follows the newfound love between a young, female photographer and wealthy New York native. The Martian Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 7 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester

Rated PG-13. Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a freak storm forced his team to abandon their mission and return home, but is really stranded on the surface of Mars. Until a rescue party can bring him home, he must survive and adapt to his surroundings for as long as he possibly can. Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig. Marguerite (France 2015; 124 min; NR; Subtitles) Tuesday, April 19, Thursday, April 21, Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 24, 1 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. Cinema 320, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester In post-World War I France, the wealthy wife (Catherine Frot) of an ambitious businessman bemuses the genteel members of her local music society with private operatic recitals at her estate, in which she sings so dreadfully that it practically requires masks on her audience to conceal their winces. Still, it’s only a poignant and harmless eccentricity until she becomes determined to share her talent with the world. The Postman Always Rings Twice Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. Kresge Theater, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick A free-willed woman, played by Lana Turner, and a passionate drifter, played by John Garfield, are madly in love with each other, but face a major problem: She is already married. After plotting to murder her husband, they realize that they will forever live with the knowledge of what they did. Directed by Tay Garnett. Cost is $5.

Spotlight Wednesday, April 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams. Based on the Boston Globe’s “Spotlight Team,” which uncovered the Catholic Archdiocese’s horrific child molestation scandal and cover-up, the team’s discovery spread shock and fear through all of the Catholic Church. Bridge of Spies Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated PG-13. American lawyer James Donovan is assigned to defend Soviet spy Rudolf Abel during the Cold War and must negotiate a prisoner exchange, due to the capture of American U2 pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance and Alan Alda. Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia 2015; 124 min; NR; Subtitles) Tuesday, April 26, Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m; Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m. and 3:25 p.m. Note: No Saturday show. Friday substitutes. Cinema 320, Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester Two scientists exploring the Amazon forty years apart in search of a sacred plant with miraculous healing powers each befriends the same shaman, through whom we see the gradual destruction of his people and culture by European encroachment. A mystical, memorable, unique film. Brooklyn Wednesday, April 27, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated PG-13. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson. An Irish immigrant on her own in New York has fallen in love with a fellow immigrant in the city, but faces another love interest from her homeland. She realizes she must choose between her two loves and homes. Girl Shy Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge St., Worcester A classic 1924 silent movie about a shy man writing a book on how to transition from being a bachelor to being in a relationship. Cost is $20, discounts available to groups and WOO card holders. 45 Years Wednesday, May 4, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. This British drama tells the story of married couple Kate and Geoff Mercer, who have received shattering news that the Geoff’s exgirlfriend, who fell 50 years prior in the Alps, had been found. Starring Charlotte Rampling, Tom Courtenay and Geraldine James. The Hateful Eight Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 7 p.m. Seelos Theater, Holy Cross, 1 College St., Worcester Rated R. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The frigid Wyoming weather forces John “The Hangman” Ruth and his fugitive prisoner to take shelter in a stagecoach stopover on his way to Red Rock. Little do they know, that area is already occupied by several mysterious characters that may stop them in their tracks. A Night At The Opera Wednesday, May 18, 7 p.m. Kresge Theater, 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick A Marx Brothers classic, these three do their best at embarrassing their pompous enemies, while simultaneously helping their opera-singing friends triumph once and for all. Directed by Sam Wood. Cost is $5.

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