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

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

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

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

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.


Inbox [June 21]: News and notes from UniBank, Reliant Medical Group, Worcester Windows, Moore and Campanale, and Worcester County Light Opera Company

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UniBank names Sam S. Pepper Jr. president & CEO

Timothy P. Wickstrom, chairman of UniBank’s board of directors, recently announced that Sam S. Pepper Jr. has been named president and CEO of UniBank and the bank’s holding company, UFS Bancorp.

He takes over from William M. Mahoney, who is retiring after having served as interim president and CEO since October 2016 and chief financial officer (CFO) for the bank since 2009.

Sam Pepper

“Following a comprehensive search process that was conducted by a team of UniBank board members, corporators and employees, we are confident that Sam Pepper has the knowledge and experience to uphold UniBank’s core values of teamwork, integrity, and excellence, to further strengthen UniBank’s position as the premier bank serving the financial needs of individuals, businesses and communities throughout the Commonwealth,” Wickstrom said.

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

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

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

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

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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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.

Inbox [May 21]: News and notes on Worcester’s Out to Lunch Concert Series, Holy Cross, UMass Medical, WCLOC, Rachel’s Table and Youth Council

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Out to Lunch concert series lineup announced

The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition announced the eighth installment of the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series on the Worcester Common Oval. It runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, from June 22-Aug. 24.

“The Out to Lunch series is a true testament of how vibrant and culturally rich our city is,” City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., said. “From diverse food to various musical genres, young or old, everyone can enjoy their lunch in a welcoming, family-friendly setting on the beautifully maintained Worcester Common.”

“By using the power of the arts and leveraging Worcester’s creative community, Out to Lunch works as a great example of what creative placemaking can do for our city,” said  Cultural Development Officer Erin Williams.

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

The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too.

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.

Worcester Weekly: Holy Cross baseball, autism fundraiser + more, April 23-29

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College sports

Sunday, April 23 — Holy Cross baseball doubleheader vs. Bucknell, 1:05 and 4:05 p.m., Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, 1 College St.  After sputtering through the early part of the season with a 2-10 record (including games against prominent national contenders like Auburn and USC), the Crusaders — that’s still their name, right?! — have righted the ship on their way to making noise in the Patriot League tournament. HC was tied with the Bison at 8-4, second place in the conference behind Navy entering the weekend.

Senior first baseman Anthony Critelli, a two-time all-Patriot League selection, is the straw that stirs the drink for the Crusader offense. The right-handed-hitting slugger is batting .321 with 6 home runs, 18 RBI and a .918 OPS. On the mound senior righties Joe Cravero (3.60 ERA, 42 strikeouts in 40 innings), Brendan King (3.75, 3 complete games, .208 average against) and George Capen (3.58 ERA, 17 appearances) lead the way.

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History / Theater

Tuesday, April 25 — “If I am Not for Myself Who Will Be for Me,” 7 p.m., Antiquarian Hall, American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury St.  Oney Judge Staines was not your typical runaway slave.

Worcester Weekly: WPI softball, WSU baseball, ‘Music Man’ + more, April 16-22

Road trip! | School vacation week

Sunday, April 16 — Family Farm Fest, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge  No Easter brunch reservations, no problem. Hop on down the Pike to everyone’s favorite school field trip destination. This will be the second day of a weeklong celebration of spring at OSV, featuring living history characters preparing their fields for summer crops — and did we mention baby animals?!

That’s right — newborn lambs, chicks, piglets and calves might just get your kids in the right mood to try some 1830s farm chores (at OSV, definitely not at home!) or listen to “Laura Ingalls Wilder” talk about her “Little House on the Prairie” days. Maybe, maybe not. But odds are pretty solid they’ll be up for the 2 p.m. Great Easter Egg Hunt (for children 10 and under). Additional programs, including live music on the weekends, will be featured through Sunday, April 23.

Worcester Weekly: ArtWalk returns, Russians elect city venue + more to do, April 9-15

Sunday, April 9 — Canal District ArtWalk, noon-5 p.m., various locations, 50-96 Water St.  Just to be clear, if you’re planning to attend the season’s first of this popular monthly series you’ll be doing the walking; the art stays put — for the most part. Now that that’s out of the way, on to the really important details: More than 40 local artists, musicians, poets and street performers will be dotting the sidewalks; there will be a live art demonstration; henna and face painting; and even a Pawtucket Red Sox ticket giveaway.