Worcester Weekly, Aug. 23-29

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There’s a lot going on in the city. Many of the events don’t need our help in drawing a crowd, but some do. Here’s our take on some of this week’s most worthwhile events.

Have an event you want considered? Send a link to info@worcester.ma.

Sunday, Aug. 23  —  Onna-Bugeisha: Women of the Samurai, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Worcester Art Museum conference room, 55 Salisbury St. This is the first of consecutive Sundays you can learn about the complicated and fascinating role of women  —  part-time warriors, legislators and artists  —  in the Samurai culture. While you’re there, check out WAM’s Samurai! exhibit, which runs through Sept. 6.

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Monday, Aug. 24  —  Worcester Children’s Chorus auditions, 4-6 p.m., Assumption College Kennedy Hall, room 105, 500 Salisbury St. Have a kid who can’t stop belting out the latest from Ariana Grande or Taylor Swift? Want to find them a place to sing their heart out that isn’t the backseat of your CR-V during rush hour on Chandler? Worcester Children’s Chorus seeks singers in grades 3 through 12 to fill its four ensembles for the 2015-16 season. Learn to read and sing music with the chorus’ experienced faculty. Play the beautiful Mechanics Hall, or maybe take a road trip to New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.

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Tuesday, Aug. 25  —  Vertigo Trivia Game Show, 7-9 p.m., Vintage Grille, 346 Shrewsbury St. You’re a trivia buff  —  we can smell our own!  —  so, the question is, why the heck wouldn’t you stop by Vintage Grille on Tuesday nights and try your hand at this eight-round interactive team event featuring “specialty rounds that are anything but boring?” Entry is free, teams can have up to six players, and the host  —  who has appeared on a network TV game show  —  has been emceeing trivia nights for seven years. DVR “Jeopardy!” this once and get your under-tanned self down to Shrewsbury Street.

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Broad Meadow Brook visitors center

Courtesy massaudubon.org

Broad Meadow Brook visitors center

Wednesday, Aug. 26  —  Volunteer Day at Broad Meadow Brook, 10 a.m.-noon, Mass. Audubon: Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 414 Massasoit Ave. Every Wednesday morning, a few intrepid folks volunteer their time and energy to help protect and preserve one of the city’s most substantial natural resources. From simply picking up branches and tending gardens, to posting signs and searching for wildlife tracks. If you’re a nature lover with some free time on Wednesday mornings, what better place to spend a couple of hours? Carpentry skills are welcome, and some tasks require heavy lifting.

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Thursday, Aug. 27  —  Nude Drawing in the Galleries, 2-5 p.m., Worcester Art Museum, Fleming Gallery, 55 Salisbury St. Don’t miss your last chance this summer to explore a decidedly intimate artistic experience. Bring your drawing board to work with a studio class faculty member and be inspired by the works of art surrounding you. To be clear, you should wear clothes  —  nude models (and stools) provided. Beginners and seasoned artists welcome.

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Chris Pennie

Courtesy dickdoherty.com

Chris Pennie

Friday, Aug. 28  —  Dick Doherty’s Beantown Comedy Escape, 9 p.m. (door, 8), Park Grill & Spirits, 257 Park Ave. Settle into the cozy, upstairs comedy room at the former Biagio’s restaurant and enjoy some funny, funny jokes from comedians you’ve never heard of. Ba-zing! Chris Pennie headlines, with Sean Sullivan. Drinks and refreshments are available at the comedy room bar. Tickets are $20, but all sorts of discounts are available, including if you have dinner downstairs first. Reservations recommended.

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Saturday, Aug. 29  —  Inaugural Worcester Chili & Chowder Fest, noon-5 p.m., Compass Tavern, 90 Harding St. Chili. Chowder. Best chefs in the Woo. Compass Tavern. What else do you need to know? OK, fine, it’s $15 ($10 with college ID or for kids 10 and under) for a sticker that gets you all the samples you can handle, with a side of live entertainment and activities. Now, book it.

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Also this week: Neighborhood watch meetings
In light of city officials’ call for increased community engagement as part of the strategy to combat the prevalence of crime and increasing collective anxiety, we highlight all the neighborhood watch meetings scheduled for this week (from worcesterma.gov).

Knight Street Neighborhood Watch, 7-8 p.m., Stop & Shop break room, Lincoln Plaza.

Four Corners Neighborhood Watch, 6 p.m., 639 Franklin St.

Quinsigamond Village Neighborhood Watch, 6 p.m., 16 Greenwood St.

East Mountain Street Crime Watch, 5:30 p.m., Salem Covenant Church, 215 Mountain St., East

Columbus Park Crime Watch, 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 44 North Circuit Ave.

Fourth Street Crime Watch, 7 p.m., Nu Cafe, 335 Chandler St.

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