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, Nov. 1 — Ninth Annual Duo-Piano Gala, 3 p.m., Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St. No Patriots, no problem. Just because Brady and the boys squished the Fish on Thursday night, doesn’t mean you have to settle for anything less than a rousing autumn Sunday afternoon. The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra presents this “gala” event featuring seven local and international pianists who will perform in groups of two, four, six and seven on a pair of the orchestra’s hallowed Steinway grands. Tickets, floor or balcony, are $30 at the door.
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Monday, Nov. 2 — “When Engineering and Humanities Meet, Innovation Thrives,” lecture/discussion, 4-5 p.m., Higgins House, WPI, 100 Institute Road Innovation abounds in the Seven Hills, but much of it gets its start between Institute Road and Salisbury Street, on the WPI campus. Guest speaker Marouane Smaili will lead a talk centered on his reflections, and 10 lessons learned, from a rural development project in his native Morocco.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 — Municipal Election for mayor, City Council and School Committee, polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. It’s here, it’s finally here! Petty’s got to have carpal tunnel after all that ribbon cutting and glad-handing over the last couple weeks. If you’re wondering who to vote for, check out our handy-dandy endorsements for mayor, council and the school board. If you’re thinking about not showing up to one of the city’s 43 polling places — including a couple grocery stores and the EcoTarium; multi-task, people! — then I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 — 5th Annual Worcester Educational Development Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Awards & Dinner, 5-8 p.m., Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. That’s a mouthful, and it’ll cost you $50 a pop, but what better way to reaffirm your civic bona fides coming off the high of submitting your municipal ballot the day before than to help this decade-old foundation raise money to support the kids and classrooms of the city’s public schools. While you’re there, hob-nob with the 2015 class of honorees, which includes four Doherty graduates, among them community activist and former mayor Joe O’Brien.
Also in the group of a dozen being honored are South High graduate and T&G editorial page editor Tony Simollardes, and posthumously, Arthur E. Chase, the well-known entrepreneur, statesman and civic leader.
Thursday, Nov. 5 — Holy Cross men’s basketball vs. Assumption, exhibition, 7 p.m., Hart Center, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Most tried-and-true Worcester sports fans are too young to remember but have certainly been told of the hardwood dominance displayed by the Bob Cousy-then-Tommy Heinsohn Crusaders of the late 1940s through mid ’50s. Cousy’s bunch won a 1947 NCAA title and Heinsohn and Co. took home the 1954 NIT crown (then a bigger deal than the NCAA).
But across town, not far from where the Cooz lived for decades, Andy Laska had his first winning season at Assumption in 1953-54, his third on the Greyhound bench. Laska, y’know the guy they named the gym after, went on to helm 14 straight winning seasons; he passed the baton to one-time star Joe O’Brien, who stretched the streak to 27, including six NCAA regional titles between them.
Point is, there’s more than a little history here. And some future, too. Both schools have brought in new coaches this season, with Michael Harding replacing the legend Serge deBari at Assumption and Holy Cross tapping Bill Carmody, nationally known former coach at Northwestern and Princeton.
Friday, Nov. 6 — “Re-Imagining the City” show opening, 6-8:30 p.m., Worcester PopUp Gallery, 20 Franklin St. The folks who conceived and have been fostering the growth of The Innovation Center and the building that used to be home to the T&G, imagined many evenings like this. In the gallery’s second exhibition, artists will display their mixed-media, photography, video and sculpture pieces for viewers to consider the ever-changing ways we view Worcester.
Check out the free event’s Facebook page for information on a couple other shows coming up in November.
Saturday, Nov. 7 — “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” 2 and 8 p.m., Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St. Feels too soon to me, too, but it’s right on time. Which means you need to get on the ball (we don’t need more socks, but we’re a 44 regular and look good in blue, by the way). There’s a show Friday and two more Sunday, but we have those dates covered. So, pump your heart back up to the right size and bring the kids to downtown Worcester for a wholesome evening of family fun. Tickets start at $40, but discounts are available.
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