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. 25 — Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemorative Concert, 4-6 p.m., Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St. Quick story: In the latest White House Super Bowl fete Bill Belichick and his longtime assistant Berj Najarian urged President Obama in April to finally fulfill a campaign promise and recognize the 1915 killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman government as genocide, a contentious connotation historically avoided to keep in the good graces of Turkey, which is an important strategic ally particularly in the global war on terrorism (ironically enough). We can only hope Obama is saving that divisive declaration for the 101st anniversary — all bets are off in the last few months in the Oval Office.
So, listen to the last few minutes of Pats-Jets in the car on your way downtown to join the Mastersingers of Worcester for a concert of Armenian music, including the premiere of Worcester composer Stephan Barnicle’s “A New Armenia.” Tickets are $25.
Monday, Oct. 26 — Worcester Game Pile Lightning Pitch Contest, 6-9 p.m., Running Start, 95 Prescott St. Back in our day when a bunch of 20-somethings got together, a pitch contest of any speed would’ve involved a classic card game and a few beers. Kids these days! The ambition and brains of this group of young leaders are off the charts (though, they probably can write an algorithm to figure it all out … nerds). Now, they’re bringing their professional moxie to their people, inviting game developers and young entrepreneurs to meet a trio of gaming CEOs and win them over with a hypothetical business/product pitch.
Tuesday, Oct. 27 — In Conversation with Janet Mock, 7-9 p.m., Room 320, Jefferson Academic Center, Clark University, 950 Main St. Janet Mock is many things. And for this evening, she will likely bring a bit of all those things to the table while discussing her 2014 New York Times-bestselling memoir “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.” Described as an advocate for trans women’s rights, Mock is certainly a media-savvy activist: Besides garnering coverage in several national publications, Mock remains a contributing editor for Marie Claire magazine, hosts an hour-long weekly show on MSNBC’s online-only Shift network, and was featured in the 2013 HBO documentary “The Out List.”
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Wednesday, Oct. 28 — City Council At-Large Forum, 6 p.m., Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square And then there was one. The Initiative for Engaged Citizenship (in conjunction with the local NAACP chapter and Common Ground) has done the community a solid by organizing this four-part series of forums, each with a distinct theme, to help voters decide who to choose in the rapidly approaching Nov. 3 election. This will be one of your last chances to wade through the pumpkin patch of candidate jargon and pick a winner. Of course, the subject’s “Public Safety, Policing and Community Engagement,” so, yeah, good luck with that.
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Thursday, Oct. 29 — “Take the ‘Fright’ Out of Marketing,” 8:45 a.m.-noon, Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center, Clark University, Main and Maywood streets Clark’s on a roll this week — and not messing around with the timely references either: “Marketing can be a haunting challenge with scary obstacles,” so why not “demystify the ghostly path to a solid marketing foundation.” Um, yeah. … This is the second in a five-part series of workshops organized by the Small Business Development Center, and features speaker Fern Nissim, who brings more than 20 years of strategic marketing experience to the lectern. Goblins and zombies get in free — but registration is required of the living.
Friday, Oct. 30 — ArtsWorcester New Exhibits Opening, 6-8 p.m., The Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. The Aurora reopens its doors to the public with “four exhibitions that independently examine domestic spaces, culture and iconic objects.” Leslie Graff’s “Volumes,” Carlotta Miller’s “House Collides with a Schoolbus,” Joan Ryan’s “Words Can Only Point,” and Lesia Sochor’s “A Needle and a Spool of Thread” combine to welcome the arts community back to Main South for a three-week run that ends Nov. 20. During exhibitions, the Aurora is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 12 to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31 — Halloween triple threat (See what we did there? Clark’s got nothing on us!), starting at 12:30 p.m., downtown and Canal District Ah, Halloween — that time of year when adults pretend they’re children, buy the pop-culture costume of the moment and pawn Trick-or-Treating duty off on the grandparents. Before you get into all that, though, maybe drag the kiddos down to the Common and kick off an afternoon of All Hallow’s family fun:
- Fall Fest on the Common, 12:30 p.m., 455 Main St. Scarecrow building, petting zoo, kettle corn, pie eating contest, doughnut-on-a-string, face painting, pumpkin painting, airbrush tattoos, and more. This event is sponsored by the city of Worcester and all activities are free.
- Scary Monster Dash, 2:30 p.m. (youth run), 3 p.m. (5k), starts Front Street (next to City Hall) Features a 5k walk/run and a separate youth run around the Common. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.scarymonsterdash.com/index.html
- Canalloween, “A Nightmare on Water Street,” 4 p.m., Green and Temple streets Parade starts at 4, followed by build-your-own-scarecrow, face painting, Halloween parties and costume contests. More than 15 bars and clubs in the Canal District are participating.