Worcester Weekly: Helping refugees, Canal District veggies + more, July 23-29

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Road trip!

Sunday, July 23 — 2017 DockDogs Day, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Klem’s, 117 W. Main St., Spencer  Tommy used to work on the docks. Guess you could say, he’s been down on his luck — especially since the union went on strike. And without Tommy — or Bon Jovi — around the docks, well, they’ve gone to the dogs. It’s tough.

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.

Songs in the key of healing: Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies offers hope

The emerging studies supporting the transformative capabilities music has on human cognition are the basis for the Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies’  distinctive, thoroughly trained approach.

For the many clients the center takes, this creative wonderland is a space for community and healing. The center “is a small, functioning family unit,” says Kayla Daly, owner and director of the cozy, multi-sensory therapy space in the 255 Park Ave. office complex.

Since the center opened in 2013, it has incorporated a dynamic duo of board-certified clinical musicianship and licensed counseling to provide a multi-disciplinary therapy approach from a staff of highly trained clinicians. The four session rooms and sprawling studio room are filled with instruments, drawing desks, toys and more to create an atmosphere that’s immediately comforting.

The center functions as a family, Daly said, to provide “multi-sensory” clinical treatment with diversely trained counselors. It works with a mindset that uniquely approaches the challenge of incorporating counseling and music therapy. Each clinician at the center is well-equipped to rise to the challenge, because extensive certification and training in multiple fields are required.

Watch: Worcester Center for Expressive Therapies promotional video

Sina-cism: The right slant on the First Amendment

Although the First Amendment may be back in vogue at The New York Times, at least for now, not everyone agrees with Matal v. Tam.
Chris Sinacola

Chris Sinacola

Last Monday was a very good day for the First Amendment. In Matal v. Tam, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the disparagement clause of the Trademark Act of 1946 is unconstitutional.

The case involved Simon Young, aka Simon Tam, the 36-year-old lead singer of “The Slants,” an all-Asian-American band whose members chose their name as expressive of three things — their views on life, their music, and their desire to reclaim and empower a phrase traditionally seen as derogatory.

After the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office sought to deny the band a trademark on the grounds that its chosen name was offensive, Tam went to federal court and won on appeal. The Supreme Court ruling affirmed that decision.

In the December 2015 appeals court ruling, Judge Kimberly A. Moore wrote: “It is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment that the government may not penalize private speech merely because it disapproves of the message it conveys.”

In the minds of activists and their lawyers, of course, there are always other considerations, including the idea that trademarks are government speech.

Related Sina-cism: Muzzling the First Amendment on campus

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.

Photo courtesy mass.historicbuildingsct.com

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.

Inbox [June 7]: News and notes from Worcester Tech, Main IDEA, Mass. Symphony, WPI and Holden Democratic Town Committee

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Worcester Tech student earns second place in Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Worcester Tech student Adhi Murillo earned second place in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge recently.

Adhi Murillo

Courtesy of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) New England Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Second Place Winner Adhi Murillo of Worcester Technical High School.

Murillo and winner Allison Pereira of New Bedford will represent New England at nationals in October in New York, where they will present and defend their business plans to compete for prizes totaling $20,000.

Murillo created Katharoes and won $500 for her plan for an app for on-the-spot cleaning services where customers can request one room or an entire house to be cleaned.

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.

Amanda Carr

Inbox [May 28]: News and notes from WICN, UMass Medical School, WPI, St. Peter-Marian, WCAC and SmartAsset

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WICN names new executive director

WICN-FM (90.5), a National Public Radio affiliate station, has named Amanda Carr executive director.

In addition to her music and production background, Carr brings sales and marketing knowledge to her role. She takes the reins from Tom Lucci, a former WICN board president who has been acting as interim GM.

“Our board, staff, and volunteers are all thrilled to have Amanda join the team,” Board President Jeffrey Duquette said. “We know that she will prove to be a strong and active community leader and will promote WICN in the communities we serve.”

In wake of Manchester ISIS attack, Baker says concert security will be increased [+video]

BOSTON — With thousands of concert-goers expected to descend on the Boston Calling music festival this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker said there are no current threats of venues being targeted for violence, but urged residents to remain “vigilant” following the deadly attack Monday night at a concert in Manchester, England.

“First of all, our hearts go out to everybody who was involved in that. I have three kids who are in their 20s. If they had been there, that’s exactly the kind of event, the kind of concert, they would have been at,” Baker told reporters yesterday.

A bomb detonated just outside a Manchester arena at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert Monday, killing 22 people and injuring dozens more in an attack for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.

Watch: Baker speaks on Manchester attack, Boston Calling security