Worcester Weekly: Mercantile Center beer festival + more, July 16-22

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Tuesday, July 18 — “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” 7-9 p.m., Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St.  Never among Shakespeare’s blockbusters — it was among his first-known plays — “Verona” nonetheless endures as a popular staple for the scores of summer performers who worship at the altar of the Bard.

The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford’s Alumni Co. adds a “1980’s romantic comedy twist” to the story of “four lovers’ lives thrown into a chaos filled with passionate love, heartbreak, betrayal and forgiveness. And, let’s not forget, an insane amount of laughs.” Suggested donation is $5.

Worcester Weekly: Canal District Wagon Tours, Bravehearts + more, July 9-15

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Sunday, July 9 — Meet the Authors: “Massachusetts Calling” anthology, 1-3 p.m., Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St.  The Sutton Writing Group is no joke. Many of its members are published authors, including coordinator Lisa Shea, who has published more than 300 novels, novellas, short stories and other works. Shea was the editor of “Massachusetts Calling,” which brings together 15 local writers to share their unique and varied perspectives through poetry, essays, histories, even recipes.

At Annie’s, Shea is expected to be joined by S.M. Nevermore (author of “A Demon’s Game”), Kevin Saleeba (a former Milford Daily News reporter) and Christine Beauchaine (“Lost and Found at the Bowl-O-Drome”). Free and open to the public. All proceeds from sales of “Massachusetts Calling” benefit local shelters and food pantries.

Worcester Weekly: Cars of Summer, WikiLeaks vigil + more, July 2-8

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Sunday, July 2 — Cars of Summer Car Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Green Hill Park, 50 Skyline Drive  Well, since it’s summer in New England and there’s road work in progress on every possible route GPS can imagine for you, might as well recalculate yourself to Green Hill Park for a chance to get bumper to bumper with scores of cars you actually want to look at. Last year’s Best in Show was a 1955 Nash Ambassador, but there will be dozens of roadsters, pickups, muscle cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles to suit any enthusiast’s taste.

Worcester Weekly: Fireworks at East Park, new WAM exhibit + more, June 25-July 1

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Ongoing — “Reusable Universes:” Shih Chieh Huang, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  While Stephen Hawking keeps telling everyone humans need to find an Earth 2.0 — and fast (well, relatively) — Shih Chieh Huang and WAM are content right where they are, exploring the possibilities of transforming modern technology into thought-provoking, awe-inspiring art.

“ ‘Reusable Universes’ resonates with the spirit of innovation and curiosity that continues to ground Worcester today. Huang’s art also will provoke the viewer to consider society’s rapidly changing relationship with technology.” The exhibit runs through Nov. 12. Admission is $14; $12 for college students with ID and seniors; $6 for kids (free for members and kids under 3).

Worcester Weekly: Make Music Day, psychic readings + more, June 18-24

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Sunday, June 18 — 2nd Annual Coptic Music Concert in the North East, 6 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  If there’s one thing we all know about dads, it’s how much they love their centuries-old hymnals. Nothing like a little fine Egyptian liturgy to bring Father’s Day to a whole new level. David Ensemble comprises a small group of musicians straight outta Cairo combined with Coptic Orthodox performers from across America.

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Mechanics Hall

For the non-religious scholars among us, Coptic Orthodox is a Christian denomination based on the teachings of Saint Mark and which originated in Egypt, northern Africa and the Middle East. In 2013 a diocese was formed in New York to represent the faith in the Northeast United States. And now they’re spreading the word through traditional music and psalms that date back 5,000 years — give or take a couple millenia. Doors open at 5. Tickets are $30.

Worcester Weekly: Lombardi Trophy, Stand Down for vets + more, June 11-17

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Professional sports

Monday, June 12 — Worcester Bravehearts vs. North Shore Navigators, 7:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  Outfielder Joe Caico of Hopedale, back for his second season with the Bravehearts, got off to a fine start at the plate, hitting .346 (9-of-26) with 2 home runs and 6 RBI (not to mention 9 runs and 3 doubles) as the team won five of its first seven games.

Courtesy Jaime Flores Photography

The Bravehearts are off to a 5-2 start in 2017.

Meanwhile, relief ace Cody Lawyerson, from University of Maine, has struck out 11 and walked but 1 in 5-2/3 innings of work over three appearances. Kevin Kirley of Clinton and Nichols College is a pitcher for the Navigators, who lost their first six games of the season, including a 9-3 drubbing by the Bravehearts Friday night. Tickets start at $6.

Worcester Weekly: Boxing at the DCU Center, Riverdance + more for early June

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Professional sports

Wednesday, June 7 — Worcester Bravehearts Baseball in Education Day, 10:30 a.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  Where was Baseball in Education Day when we were kids? Back then, we just called it Skipping School Day. Anyway, if you’re a fan of daytime baseball and gaggles of city students field-tripping away their final days before summer vacation, then this is the game for you.

Worcester Weekly: Bravehearts are back, veggies on the Common + more as May turns to June

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Nature | Holiday

Monday, May 29 — Memorial Day Free Entry for Military and Veterans, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston  Everyone loves a parade, right?! Wrong. Just like clowns, apple pie and HBO, there are always some wayward folks out there who refuse to get with the program. So, if you’re not into watching 80-year-olds trudging to the haphazard beats of high school marching bands — and because of this idiosyncrasy you’ve received no cookout invitations — consider a quick road trip to explore the lush landscapes and serene surroundings of Tower Hill.

All active military and veterans with valid IDs will be admitted for free. Up to five family members with valid military dependent IDs will receive 20 percent off their admission ($12 adults, $8 seniors, $4 kids 6 and up).

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Outdoors

Tuesday, May 30 — Cycling Exhibit and Repair Station unveiling, 11 a.m., Blackstone River Bikeway, 1265 Millbury St.  When complete the Blackstone River Bikeway will span 48 miles and connect cyclists from Worcester to Providence. It will also connect them with nature and history — but you know those folks; they’re just in it for the cool helmets and spandex shorts.

Worcester Weekly: BattleCry@WPI, Ralph’s Rock Diner + more, May 21-27

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Art exhibit

Ongoing — “John O’Reilly: A Studio Odyssey,” 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St.  Don’t call them collages — no, collages are what little girls make while they’re at summer camp. John O’Reilly, the well-regarded Worcester-based artist, creates “photomontages” of “mysterious, erudite and confounding” construction, according to a New York Times review. Shooting intricately staged scenes with a Polaroid camera, O’Reilly’s work often studies eroticism and violence.

Running through Aug. 13, this exhibit explores the influence of literature subtly noted through most of his art. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays and Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.

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Robotics

Sunday, May 21 — BattleCry@WPI 18, 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m., Harrington Auditorium, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 151 Salisbury St. [parking garage]  Sundays in spring are for church, early-afternoon dinners and leisurely drives with the top down — at least, they used to be. Now, I guess, they’re for robots. They’re not only after our jobs, they want our weekends too?! Robots are greedy.

Worcester Weekly: St. John’s-Wachusett baseball, Joe Early + more, May 14-20

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Culture / Road trip!

Sunday, May 14 — MA-MAtryoshka Festival, 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., and Clinton Town Hall, 242 Church St.  Still looking for something to do with mom on Mother’s Day? First of all, let’s go ahead and work on our priorities and time management for next year. We’re not mad, just disappointed. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get you out to a lively, enlightening event that’ll have mom forgetting about the gas station roses in no time.