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.
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Sunday, Aug. 30 — Worcester Caribbean American Carnival, noon-7 p.m., Institute Park; parade steps off at 1:30 p.m., 305 Chandler St. Once the Parade of Bands makes its way down Park Avenue and bangs a right on Salisbury Street at Institute Park, the party’s really started. Rest assured, though, vendors and entertainers will be ready to go at noon, transforming the generally austere, sometimes downright tranquil, 24 acres into a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, celebrating Caribbean culture and the carnival heritage that dates back to ancient Africa. The theme for the third annual event is “Love & Unity.”
Monday, Aug. 31 — Free People’s Artists Workshop, 7-9 p.m., Annie’s Book Stop, 65 James St. If you’re like us, you have an erstwhile, misunderstood artiste inside just waiting for the right time and audience for your genius to be recognized. Maybe you’ve been waiting a while. But still, there’s no time like the present. Join this newly formed group of like-minded folks to gain valuable feedback and insight from other artists. Organizers say the group is open to all creative people, and everyone interested in the arts is welcome.
Tuesday, Sept. 1 — Sing and Play Music Time, 10-11 a.m. (every Tuesday), Button Tree Kids, 1102 Pleasant St. It’s hard to find something to do on Tuesdays. Trust me. I mean, next Tuesday will be easy; and about 14 months from now there’s one that “trumps” ’em all; but that doesn’t help me today. So, this one’s for the kids. Help your toddler explore music through instruments and songs and with the guidance of a certified musical therapist. Music is a proven tool to aid in many areas of child development. Tailored for kids 2.5 to 5, though all siblings are welcome. $10 per child.
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Wednesday, Sept. 2 — “Katrina Then and Now: Artists as Witness, Part 1,” Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. (A bunch of serious stuff this week — summer’s over!) Today marks the launch of what we expect to be a powerful exhibit that reflects on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina through “artists whose work chronicles the relationship between disaster and art in New Orleans from 2005 to the present.”
Through video, photography, painting, sculpture and more, Part 1 will explore Documenting, Describing and Dealing with Disaster, and runs through Oct. 10. Part 2, the Rebirth of Art, will run Oct. 22 through Dec. 18.
Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; and 2-5 p.m. Saturday. And get double Woo Points on your Woo Card. Woo-hoo!
Thursday, Sept. 3 — Founders’ Tour, noon (also Oct. 22 and Nov. 19), Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Featuring personal anecdotes and memories from the theater’s founders, Ed Madaus and Paul Demoga, this series of tours will bring guests from the early days of the idea, through the arduous task of bringing the project to life, to the inner workings of a Wurlitzer organ. Surely, not to be missed. Tours are free for members and their guests; $5 non-members.
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Friday, Sept. 4 — UnCommon Job Fair, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Worcester Common, behind City Hall, 455 Main St. Organizers expect about 70 employers with more than 100 available jobs to be showcased at the third annual event. Worcester continues to lag behind the dropping state unemployment rate (5.2 percent in Worcester County vs. 4.9 percent in Massachusetts; both under the national 5.3 rate, FWIW), and many of the nonworking have been so for long periods of time, which only makes the task of finding a job more difficult. Any initiative to help folks get back to work is a worthwhile endeavor; add the, ahem, uncommon venue and more relaxed environment — and the Workforce Central flier says you can get a hot dog while you’re there — well, we’re all in. (Rain date, Sept. 18)
Saturday, Sept. 5 — Worcester City Tournament, women’s volleyball: WPI vs. Becker, 10 a.m.; Worcester State vs. Clark, noon, Becker College, 964 Main St., Leicester Given their proximity and play in similar collegiate divisions, the city’s college teams square off against each other regularly. That said, we can tell you from experience — and the look on your face as you read “women’s volleyball” — that these teams are decidedly not at the top of the attention-getting totem pole. There are similar City Tournaments slated for several other sports in the coming days, but why not start by joining a handful of parents and dorm-mates in supporting dozens of dedicated student-athletes?
Bonus Picks — No bonus picks this week. We know you’ll be hustling at work this week to leave early Friday to start the holiday weekend.