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.

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

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

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

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

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: ArtsWorcester Biennial, WooLax + more, April 30-May 6

Don’t forget Jane Week in Worcester this week!


Tuesday, May 2 — Yefim Bronfman in recital, 7:30 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Just like Ed Sheeran or the Weeknd, Drake or Taylor Swift, Yefim Bronfman — of course — needs no introduction to the Sun’s ultra-tuned in and musically savvy audience. But just in case … “Fima” is a virtuoso of the keyboard, “internationally recognized as one of today’s most acclaimed and admired pianists.”

He’s won the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize — and a Grammy, too, if you’re into that sort of thing. Featuring a suite from legendary composer Bela Bartok, Bronfman will also play Schumann, Debussy and Stravinsky. Tickets are $49 adults, $17.50 students, $7.50 youth.

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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: Holy Cross women’s lax + a duel at Mechanics Hall as March turns to April

Road trip!

Sunday, March 26 — Massachusetts Tattoo & Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St., Sturbridge  Been a while since you got some ink? Or maybe you’re stuck on an even number — everyone knows that’s bad luck! You should probably drop what you’re doing then, and head on down Route 20 for the last day of this annual convocation of body-decorating artistry.

The festival features dozens of artists from shops across New England, New York and beyond. Tattooing (demonstrations and by appointment), piercings, live entertainment — including Alakazam the Human Knot — vendors, tattoo contests. All for $20 at the door.

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Tuesday, March 28 — Hands-On History Workshop: “Scientific American: The Art of Science in the New Nation,” 6-9 p.m., Goddard-Daniels House, American Antiquarian Society, 190 Salisbury St.  While the ointment seeps in on your new Tom Brady tattoo, you’ll have time to register for this fascinating forum on the evolution of scientific discovery in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

Worcester Weekly: McGovern, Henry IV + Larry the Cable Guy walk into a bar … March 19-25

Sunday, March 19 — Town Hall with U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Sen. Ed Markey, 4-6 p.m., Atwood Hall, Clark University, 950 Main St.  Can you feel that? You might think it’s spring on the horizon, but no — it’s campaign season blowing in for an early visit. Punxsutawney Phil really should’ve warned us, but hey, we can give him a pass just this once. In a forum announced to many via email from Mayor Joe Petty’s re-election campaign, the Democratic legislators will lead a discussion on the Trump administration and how its decisions impact the city and state.

Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

As long as you’re not an immigrant … or gay … or a student … or interested in reasonably affordable health care, you don’t really have much to worry about. So the Clark crowd probably won’t have many questions. Free and open to the public, RSVPs are requested.

Worcester Weekly: Globetrotters, Maura Healey + more, March 5-11

[Scroll down to see Figs & Pigs’ Candy Murphy clowning around with the Globetrotters.]

Sunday, March 5 — Worcester Chamber Music Society Annual Free Family Concert, 3-4 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St.  Based on influential French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Carnival of the Animals,” and complemented with poetry originally added to the score by legendary American wordsmith Ogden Nash, the whole family is in for a distinctive, humorous and “heart-warming” performance. And free, no less. The local chamber group, formed more than a decade ago, is intent on immersing itself in and giving back to the community.

Instrument Giving Ceremony

Mark Henderson / The Worcester Sun

Neighborhood Strings brings classical music to students who may not otherwise get the chance to try it.

Beyond the free concert, attendees can bring a new or gently used book to donate to the Reliant Medical Group Foundation’s Reach Out and Read program. The show will also feature artwork created by students at Holden’s Dawson Elementary School and musical contributions from Neighborhood Strings, a group of city students tutored by professional musicians.

Check out our feature on Neighborhood Strings striking the right chord in Main South

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Tuesday, March 7 — International Women’s Day with Maura Healey, 5:30-7 p.m., YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square  Trump bashing. Packing the war chest. Press conferences. Keeping her midrange jumper sharp. Where does the spunky, sporty and ubiquitous Maura Healey find the time to add anything to her calendar?

Worcester Weekly: School vacation, Professional Bull Riders + more, Feb. 19-25

Monday, Feb. 20 — “Parallels” art exhibit, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis Art Gallery, Printers Building, 44 Portland St.  There are only a few places left downtown not owned by Cliff Rucker or The Grid guys, and the Printers Building is one of them, standing strong on the periphery of the city’s revitalization efforts — and since 2007 providing an historic, creative enclave to showcase local and regional artists.

“Parallels” is about the connections and similarities between the cities of Worcester and Lowell, “places where outsiders and nonconformists are welcome to be themselves and create their own trajectories,” according to curators Robb Sandagata and Tom Fiorelli, who contend the two urban centers remain on parallel paths and “don’t know each other well.”

Work from some two dozen Lowell-based artists in varying media will be on display through April 20.

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Tuesday, Feb. 21 — Winter Vacation: City Critters, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way  OK, that’s it: EcoTarium wins!