Worcester Weekly, Sept. 6-12

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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.

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Sunday, Sept. 6  — Gift of Education piano concert, 4-5:30 p.m., Warner Theater, Worcester Academy, 81 Providence St. (enter parking lot at Dorchester Street)  Ashay Athalye and his brother, Anish, perform in this annual fundraiser to support the education of underprivileged children in India. The concerts are free, although the brothers hope concert-goers will make a donation to the cause. Donations go to the Support a Child project run by the VHP (World Hindu Council) of America.

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Monday, Sept. 7 — Labor Day We’ve got nothing for you. Except a burned hot dog. Want a burned hot dog? My dad needs help covering the pool for the winter  — we could do that.

This is all we've got for you on Labor Day -- enjoy!


This is all we’ve got for you on Labor Day — enjoy!

Tuesday, Sept. 8  — Worcester preliminary municipal election, polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Citywide voters will pare the at-large City Council candidates from a field of 16 to 12, and District 2 voters will halve their choices from the four vying to replace at-large candidate Phil Palmieri, before the November general election.

Changes could be coming to City Hall, but that depends on your vote, Tuesday, Sept. 8.


Changes could be coming to City Hall, but that depends on your vote, Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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Tuesday, Sept. 8  — Venture Forum 25th anniversary kickoff, “Making the Digital Physical: Industrial, Biomedical, Consumer,” 5:30-8:30.p.m., Room 229, Washburn Hall, WPI (park in Boynton Street lot; see map) Looking for something to do after you vote? (You’re going to vote, right?) Celebrating 25 years of service, the Venture Forum is a group that buoys science and technology entrepreneurs by providing a community of investors, industry experts and other resources, such as discussions like “Making the Digital Physical,” its inaugural event for the 2015 program season. This roundtable centers on how the influence of 3D printing is rapidly expanding, and what that means for the entrepreneurs and innovators of tomorrow.

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Wednesday, Sept. 9  — Meet comic artist Andrew MacLean, 4-7 p.m., That’s Entertainment!, 244 Park Ave. Schmooze the Salem-based scribbler upon the release of his new, original comic book series, Head Lopper, from Image Comics, one of the nation’s top comic book publishers. Buy his comic and get a free in-store sketch of the main character by the artist. You can also purchase original artwork and prints.

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Thursday, Sept. 10  — Free Senior Day at WHM, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St. Tour the David Clark Co. exhibit, “The Sky Is Not the Limit,” before its run ends this Saturday, or strike out for a tour of Salisbury Mansion. Or do both, or any number of historical-museumy kinds of things. It’s free, after all, for folks 62 and older. Plus, you get a point on your Woo Card and you’re home in time to watch the Patriots open the NFL season at home against Pittsburgh. Can’t beat that.

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Friday, Sept. 11  —  WPI football at Worcester State, 7 p.m., John Coughlin Field, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler St. WPI finished last season 4-6, winning 3 of its last 5, including a touchstone victory over Springfield, whom the Engineers hadn’t defeated in 31 previous tries. The homestanding Lancers, 7-3 in 2014, will miss pass-rushing dynamo Bryan Narcisse, who had 2 sacks and 6 tackles in WSU’s 30-17 triumph over WPI in last season’s matchup. Player to watch: Kemani Jones. The senior running back from Milton was the Lancers’ offensive catalyst in 2014, rushing for 1,275 yards and 13 TDs, while catching 33 passes for 392 yards and 2 TDs.

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WooFest -- easy, grandma, this one's for the kids.

Courtesy WooFest / Facebook

WooFest — easy, grandma, this one’s for the kids.

Saturday, Sept. 12, Party time, pretty much all day, all over Worcester Seriously, so much to do today. It is, after all, that time of year when every town in New England has a festival or jamboree, pretending to welcome autumn but really in hopes of stretching out summer just a little bit longer.

    • Blackstone Canal Fest, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Harding Street, Kelley Square Rides, vendors, performers, and a replica canal. Oh, my! It’s the 10th annual street festival celebrating the canal and revitalization efforts in the district. https://www.facebook.com/events/1434048583564403/

    • WooFest, noon-4 p.m., corner of Shrewsbury and Lyon streets A music and arts festival “made for college students by college students.” Sorry, old farts, maybe there’s a bridge game somewhere. https://www.facebook.com/events/1608090686074999/

    • Worcester Pride Parade, 11 a.m.-noon, from Institute Park to Worcester Common Everyone loves a parade, so if you’re headed downtown, live or work on Main Street  —  or you really do simply  love a parade  —  check it out. https://www.facebook.com/events/1747019862191641/

    • Canal Diggers 5K, 11 a.m., starts and finishes at Fiddler’s Green Pub, 19 Temple St. Can’t think of many better places to wait for someone to finish a 5K than an Irish pub. Best of luck, runners!  http://canaldiggers.org/

    • College Shuffle, noon-3 p.m., Shrewsbury Street A college version of Taste of Shrewsbury Street, this ninth annual event includes street entertainment and food tastings from some 20 eateries. If you’re not a student or affiliated with a city college, maybe try the Canal Fest  —  they have a replica canal!  https://www.facebook.com/events/417306795121193/

For more information on Worcester City Festival 2015 visit Destination Worcester.

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