Worcester Weekly, Oct. 18-24

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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, Oct. 18 — AbilityFest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Institute Park You could be cleaning out the gutters; might be a nice day for raking some leaves; or the teachers’ pets among us will probably be up early knocking out Christmas shopping at worcesterwares.com. But if you truly want to make the most of your time on a crisp, autumn Sunday, check out the Seven Hills Foundation’s inaugural AbilityFest to “celebrate the abilities of children and adults with life challenges.”

The event includes a 5K road race, the Murphy Mile walk, vendors, inclusive activities and live music, with WXLO’s Jen Carter. To support Seven Hills and the folks they serve  —  and skip out on the gutter-cleaning? Sign us up!

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Tony Economou is defending his District 1 City Council seat against newcomer Cindy Nguyen.

Courtesy electtonyeconomou.org

Tony Economou is defending his District 1 City Council seat against newcomer Cindy Nguyen.

Cindy Nguyen, candidate for City Council District 1

Courtesy cindynguyenforcouncil.com

Cindy Nguyen, candidate for City Council District 1

Monday, Oct. 19 — Worcester Municipal Debate: City Council District Candidates, 7 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. While the at-large council hopefuls have had most of the campaign-season fun so far, now it’s the district candidates’ turn to bogart the spotlight. Candy Mero-Carlson and Jennithen Cortes jockey for position to replace District 2 stalwart Phil Palmieri, who’s since abandoned his bid for an at-large seat. Sarai Rivera, in the news (and other media) for some dubious campaign accounting, is being challenged by GOP-backed Jackie Kostas in District 4, the smallest in area but certainly not in challenges.

The real interesting race, though, seems to be in northern Worcester, where Tony Economou is defending his D1 seat against upstart Cindy Nguyen, whose relative youth elicited the unfortunate headline, “Babe in the woods” from city publication Inside Worcester (hat tip to WoMag’s Tom Quinn, who couldn’t resist his own allusion to Nguyen’s “babe” status). We imagine Monday’s forum will prove that underestimating the recent Holy Cross grad and lifelong city resident is a mistake.

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Tuesday, Oct. 20 — Movie screening: “Defending Our Lives,” 7 p.m., Banx Room, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square As part of a series of activities recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Abby’s House is presenting this Academy Award-winning short documentary that tells the story of four women who were sent to jail after killing their abusers, and how they all felt the criminal justice system had failed them. Tuesday is also the third day in the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Week of Action: join the group for a Twitter chat on housing and safety at 3 p.m.

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Wednesday, Oct. 21 — Bach’s Art of Fugue in Color, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts, Clark University, 92 Downing St. Bach — the name’s Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach — probably doesn’t get much run on iTunes these days (and, given our pop-culture acumen, that’s likely about 3 or 4 technologies behind whatever app today’s Clarkies use to get their music, anyway). Point is, Art in Fugue is a collection of works considered a seminal study in the correlation between science and art. This performance, free and open to the public, features internationally acclaimed soloist Frances Conover Fitch of the New England Conservatory.

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Thursday, Oct. 22 — 11th Annual Robert C. Baron lecture: Reconsidering “Women of the Republic,” by Linda K. Kerber, 7 p.m., Antiquarian Hall, 185 Salisbury St. Did you know that before he was an excellent NBA point guard turned horrible coach/executive/person in Detroit and New York, Isaiah Thomas was a prominent journalist in Worcester and founded the American Antiquarian Society in 1812? Well, he was. And Friday marks the 203rd annual meeting of the society’s members. As such, the group of researchers, scholars and artists puts on free, public programs to celebrate the occasion. Tonight, Kerber will reflect on her 1980 book subtitled, “Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America,” considered a “landmark study of American political thought.” Well, that’s timely.

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Friday, Oct. 23 — Latino History Project, 2nd annual reception, 6-9 p.m., Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm St. A grassroots collaboration formed not long ago to aggregate and promote Latino history and heritage in Worcester, this event aims to illuminate those efforts via a photography exhibition, a short documentary, and reflections and stories from city residents. They’ll also have music, food and drinks — always a party at the history museum! (Suggested donation: $10.)

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Saturday, Oct. 24 — The Great Pumpkin Fest 2015, 2-9 p.m., EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way Billing itself as “the biggest Halloween celebration for families in Central Massachusetts,” the 12th annual incarnation of this event promises — well, lots of pumpkins, obviously. There will be more than 1,000 carved, lit pumpkins at which to marvel while you usher your brood through the gauntlet of Trick-or-Treating (while supplies last) and special science and entertainment programs.

Tickets are $15, $12 for EcoTarium members (and free for children under 2). Friendly costumes are welcome! Flashlights and proper dress (it’s getting chilly out there) are recommended.

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Saturday, Oct. 24 — Education Forum, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Belmont AME Zion Church, 55 Illinois St.The Worcester NAACP presents a free program for “Supporting Student Success” with interactive workshops — on school safety, mental health, substance abuse and special education — to help parents and guardians steer their children through the ups and downs of student life. Open to all Worcester Public Schools students, there will also be a panel discussion led by college students and “future educators” featuring reflections on the parent-student support dynamic. Information on additional support programs will be presented; book bags and supplies will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

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